Apparently "Bahrain" was the 4th most searched buzz word on October 25, 2005, with an increase of 1769% ! Why? Did they find a case of bird flu, or did the Mehlis report link Hariri's murder to wifaq? Actually, its because we're playing TnT (Trinidad and Tobago) in a couple of weeks, and everyone is excited to see two first time hopefuls try to battle out a ticket to the world cup finals like gladiators.
Now, another topic:
We don't have Gallup polls or things of that sort in Bahrain. I wonder, how do people in power assess public opinion? I hope they don't still depend on "he said, she said" indicators? Sometimes I wonder, does the Crown Prince visit Bahraini blogs, just to see "whats the word on the street"? I hope he does; because unlike the newspapers, we give out our opinions straight and deep. If he does read Bahraini blogs, I want to voice my contribution to the economic development of the Kingdom, since that seems to be under his wing.
Now, the two topics merge:
Shaikh Salman, I think you should direct the EDB and other government bodies dedicated to attract investments and facilities to Bahrain (Financial, Telecommunications, Industry, services) to focus on developing sports...the athletic infrastructure is clearly lacking; its amazing how we're this good with these limited facilities.
Sir, our game next november gave Bahrain so much name recognition. Even the cancelled game with Uzbekistan got us publicity more than money can buy. I sat in a table with people from Africa and Europe that I didnt expect would have the slightest idea where Bahrain is. To my surprise, they were divided in the controversial issue of whether repeating the game was right, or whether the penalty kick was valid.
If we spend half a decent budget on preparing competitive teams that book seats in major athletic events, we can be the center of lots of attention. When the National Team played the asian cup finals, we held China to a tie on their field, and were breathing down Japan's neck in an unforgettable thriller, fans in that part of the world became very interested in ours. Needless to say, lots of economic value comes from Japan, and more than ever, from China.
Let me put it this way. If we advance to a secondary stage in world cup, we have two full hours of air time broadcasted across the globe. More than a third of the world's population watch the final game in WC. If we get close to it, it can get us alot of investment dollars coming here.