Winds of change

About three weeks ago I decided that I was going to go to Egypt this week. This seemed like a go idea for several reasons. I had developed a good relationship with the Egypt Golf Federation through their General Manager who happened to be a British National. As a young and emerging golf country they had started to put some good initiatives in place with the Egypt Amateur and the Egypt Open on the Challenge Tour. My contact also had a number of venues interested in hosting us for winter training lined up and we had some further ideas on working together.

Even though I am now, for obvious reasons, nowhere near Cairo I get reminded of how close I was to be in the middle of everything that has happened when I late last night get a text message from the airline saying that my flight scheduled for this morning from Cairo to London will leave on time. I guess the system has missed that my booking was cancelled a couple of days ago and will probably be taken by somebody else who is eager to get out and hopeful to get to a place where life at the moment is a lot easier.

As all internet and mobile phone traffic has been down in Cairo I have not even been able to communicate with my colleague out there. On Monday, some 24hrs before my intended take off time, he calls me to say – ‘I hope you are not intending to go to Cairo’. He describes how he and his young family literally fought their way onboard a flight that via Beirut took them back to the UK and how the situation in Cairo with surroundings is not short of horrific.

As I sit here in our safe, democratic part of the world I can only be embarrassed about how little I knew. About the dictatorship, values and lack of human rights that existed in a country that I was just about to visit. Hopefully this is a new beginning which means that things can only get better. The importance of golf fades dramatically in the light of recent happenings!

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