Welcome back Lenny! All is forgiven!!

21 Jan, '07

Lenny Mucheru, from Muharraq, running for Bahrain

Never ever say that we Bahrainis are not good people and just a sorry will be enough to ameliorate our passions.. even if you’re a moron athlete and went and competed in, and won, an Israeli marathon!

Welcome back to being a Bahraini Lenny! I’m thrilled to have you burn my flag again!


If I ever hear anyone describing Bahrain as the state of laws and democratic institutions I’ll break their face!

You   have   been   warned.

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  1. Butterfly says:

    It is a shame that justice doesn’t exist in this country, not even when it comes to forgiveness!

  2. Butterfly says:

    Another comment just to say that I am Angrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry

    مقهورة ومنبطة جبدي من الخبر :angry:

  3. Costa-guy says:

    No it’s ok.. Well, join the club Len! How does it feel to be a “misrable” person again? Not only that you are so misrable that this nationality wont give you a place or a house to live in or even a decent life compared with neighbour countries, now you’ll have to run for a country that doesnt even care about a “marathon” or any sport or any job or a problem or any citizen

    Man, i feel bad for you.. Instead of being an American or British, you preferred to be a Bahraini, a country which is soaked in problems and wont allow you to enter it so you dont add another problem to their back(housing, education, etc,…) ?

    عموما أعتقد الضغط الإعلامي الغربي والمحلي وكذلك منظمات الحقوق أحرجت الجهة اللي سحبت الجواز واضطرت انها ترجع الجواز
    ولو أنه يسلم للمدير وليس لشخصه اللي “عفوا” غبي بدرجة “غباء” الجهة اللي عطته الجنسية لأنه إستلم جواز لبلد دون إنه يعرف تاريخ البلد السياسي والاجتماعي هذا وإن دل على شيء يدل على إن التجنيس الرياضي “لعبة” بيد ناس ما تفهم لا رياضة ولا سياسة

    لعنة عليها من سياسة تعبانة في هالبلد

  4. Butterfly says:


    Why? Do you think that he is treated like any other Bahraini or he will suffer to get a house or education??

  5. Ameer Or Prince says:

    المسامح كريم…..
    welcome mr lenny………… Bahrain’s heart has encircled many peopele…. why not u

  6. مساير says:

    لا حول و لا قوة الا بالله

  7. Salawi says:

    It was not much different in the Basketball Association, they brought a Nigerian player and gave him a passport in 2 days only !!!? while the former captain of the national team played years and years without any passport, I’m sure you know why….It is simply not fair

  8. amal says:

    oh ya 7laila!
    ya 7lailhom!!

  9. Costa-guy says:


    I don’t care about whether 20-newly naturalized people were educted, secured a home & generously awarded as much I am frustrated about those who give and take the nationality upon their desires!! :angry:

    In Leonards case, I really believe that he isn’t even treated like a citizen or would get the same benifits (or suffering) as a citizen, but in fact, he’s just a “soldier” who was ordered to go and run and win a race and raise the “flag” high as if we won a battle. it’s a political thing more than a sport’s thing. So eventually, the best he can get is our GOYS’ humble-rewards which are given to our other sport-teams’ members when they win something, which are usually 300BD and something around that. If he doesn’t win, he doesn’t get a bone and maybe threatened again to take away his passport.

    You know I also believe Leonard was chosen upon his price. He requires less money to be trained so the name of Bahrain can be seen “raised” high in any United States or European athletic-event so it can attract some sports companies or other companies or maybe tourists to our country, (with the blessings of our officials).

    If we really want the gold medals that bad, I would dare those who gave the nationality to offer it to some famous football players (you name them). Ofcourse they wont, because those players want more money which officials here wont offer.

    ده مو تجنيس رياضي، ده إستعباد الغرض منه دعاية سياسية واقتصادية والمشكلة انه مشكلته الإجتماعية أسوأ وطبعا لا حسيب ولا رقيب!

    المفروض (وفي إحتمال) أأذي النائب حقنا وأقول انه المفروض مسألة جنسية الأخ اللي عطوه وسحبوها منه وبعدين ردوا عطوه تنتطرح بالبرلمان.

    من اللي عطاه؟ وعلى أي أساس؟؟ وشنهو المبالغ والامتيازات والصلاحيات اللي بيحصلها؟ وعلى أي أساس انسحبت؟؟ وليش رجعوها (طبعا رجعوها بسبب الضغوط الأجنبية)؟؟ ووين لجنة ضوابط التجنيس والشروط اللازم توافرها .. الخ الخ..؟؟

    المفروض النواب يولعوا في موضوع التجنيس، والغلاء المعيشي،التعديلات الدستورية والرواتب والإسكان والتعليم، كل واحد يمسك شغلة وكل كتلة تدعم الثانية..

    بس بلد سياسته تعبانة، ونوابه تعابه وشعبه تعابه وإدارته تعبانة

  10. anonymous says:

    من صجهم عقب اللي سواه ….. يعني البحرين بطولها Ùˆ عرضها بهال 600000 اللي عايشين فيها ما فيها Ùˆ لا واحد يقدر يراكض مثال غزال البراري الكيني معقولة ØŸ ماقول الا مالت على الباميا بس ….. عاد كل ذي في صوب Ùˆ اسمه العربي فصوب يعني من بد الاسامي مااختارو الا مشير ØŸ من قلة الاسامي :angry:

  11. mahmood says:

    Well, as we have no say whatsoever (as the people of Bahrain, all of us) in who gets a Bahraini passport and who deosn’t, I’m going to start a petition to His Majesty the King to make it into Law that a person’s name is NOT changed when they are given their Bahraini passport, but to keep their own parents-given name. There is no shame in that, is there?

    So enough of this rubbish of someone somewhere deciding to change a name simply to sound Bahraini.

    Any support in this?

  12. ahmed says:

    this is false.. he wasn’t given his passport back.. look here

  13. mahmood says:

    ooooh, this is fun. I wonder what the reports will be tomorrow? :ninja:

  14. tooners says:

    I wouldn’t take the Bahraini passport if I were him. :w00t: Why would anyone want to be treated in the manor in which he was treated just for competing in a race in Israel. He is a runner who competes in competitions around the world, therefore, he should be allowed to compete where ever he so chooses… (personally, I just don’t get the whole not being allowed to go to that State… and here you have a Jewish woman sitting as a Member of the Shura Council… it just doesn’t make sense to me)

    and … you have to change your name when you get a Bahraini passport??? Seriously?? Why? This sounds ridiculous to me.

  15. Rayyash says:

    “He is a runner who competes in competitions around the world” !!
    just to let you know that he win only one bronze in Qatar!! that’s it!!

  16. can we talk says:


    1) it is of course up to you to decide whether or not it is worth the price you would be expected to pay, should you qualify (or be offered, rightly or wrongly) citizenship. there is always a price, and many would pay it gladly. noone is making them.

    2) when you take a nationality, you are pledging allegiance. if you can’t do that, you shouldn’t take it.
    while Europe is debating (and rightly so, IMO) how much if any tolerance should be given to the personal freedoms of its immigrants of other social backgrounds and religions to behave as if they were still back home, versus integrating fully into their communities, you are arguing for the opposite extreme.

    3) as for competing anywhere he chooses, that would be the exception rather than the rule. we do not live in an ideal world and politics and sports have always been intertwined. in fact, if he didn’t carry the B nationality and speak as a citizen there, he wouldn’t have gotten so much hype. he was used as a PR peon by the Israelis.

    4) why should athletes be any different from anybody else? unless the world changes and it becomes alright for students to seek learning in any country and the unemployed to seek work in any country and the sick get medical treatment in any country and there would be no more need for visas or ridiculuous interviews in embassies or green cards or work permits or anything. anyone can go anywhere.

    5) i believe you have been around this blog long enough to have read somewhere the difference between a jew and an israeli/zionist. and still it doesn’t make sense to you? what does having a jewish shura representative have to do with anything? she’s a bahraini, like all the other bahrainis. what doesn’t make sense is YOUR argument.

  17. Hashim says:

    And here, when a Bahraini looses his passport, how long does he/she have to wait to get a new one?!?!

    I find that amusing!

  18. tooners says:

    Can We Talk,

    I don’t believe he was used as a PR peon by the Israelis… seems like you’re trying to create an argument for argument’s sake when you say that. I do not believe it was at that level.

    He went to compete and was allowed to do so in the sport he loves. When you’re an athlete, at his level, you go to where the sport takes you. You compete in all the competitions that are humanly possible in order to possibly make it to that one big competition – the Olympics. If that means going to Israel to compete, then so be it. I believe he should have been allowed to do that w/out anyone blinking an eye. Who the hell cares if he went to Israel?!! I think it’s sad that this part of the world, including this country, doesn’t allow it’s ppl to go where they choose. Here I’m American and am allowed to go there, BUT… if I were to go there and try to come into this country w/ that stamp in my passport, I wouldn’t be allowed. To me, there’s something seriously wrong w/ that.

    My point about the Shura member is that she’s a Jew… which isn’t a bad thing. Just because he went to Israel to compete isn’t a bad thing. Ppl make too much fuss about this stuff… maybe the world could inch a little closer to that perfection you speak of if all that crap would stop.

    If you’re talking about pledging allegiance to a particular country – when taking that nationality – as a means to argue the fact of having to change your name if you become Bahraini… I still disagree w/ this. Just as I disagree w/ anyone believing you should or have to change your name if you become Muslim, or any other religion for that matter.

    You make good points though.

  19. Butterfly says:

    Can We Talk Now,


    It is always endearing to read your comments, I find it very insightful.

  20. can we talk says:

    If you’re talking about pledging allegiance to a particular country – when taking that nationality – as a means to argue the fact of having to change your name if you become Bahraini… I still disagree w/ this

    no, i didn’t even know that you had to change your name to become a bahraini, a muslim ok, but a bahraini i don’t understand, i was talking about allegiance as in where your loyalties lie, for example. notice how they all make some reference to the laws of the country?

  21. tooners says:

    Can We Talk,

    good point… but i still don’t think it’s fair that he was stripped of the passport for competing in this competition, altho i understand that it’s the law. just seems ridiculous to me, but it’s not my decision.

    to me, there’s too much emphasis put on this whole jewish thing. but hey, i’m not from here nor was i raised to know or understand all the underlying issues.

  22. Ian says:

    Buying athletes is nothing new. Britain did it some years ago with Zola Budd (remember “It’s a long way to trip-a-Mary”). Mind you, she did have a distant relation who was born in UK so they fudged this a little.
    One problem is that all the other people involved in the sport, from the athletes, adjudicators, commentators know what’s happening. I’ve heard that one commentator announced four Kenyan runners involved in one race, ooh, no, one is running for Bahrain. It seems to be treated with derision and a bit of a joke internationally.
    Bring them in and get them to aid local runners by all means, but otherwise, why does Bahrain want to spend money on what is effectively a scam? Lets face it, the best in Bahrain can’t beat the runners that Ian Wilson and Saad bring in every year for the Marathon Relay. Maybe the country should choose another sport in which to compete effectively.
    Also, why is Bahrain spending BD 12,500/- (twelve thousand five hundred dinars) a month on a football coach and then sack him when the inadequate team lose against a better side, especially after two players get sent off. Can the sending off be blamed on the coach? I think not.
    How much is the next coach going to cost? I bet it’s a lot higher since they know they won’t last long. The average length of time a football coach lasts is around one year of a two year contract, possibly less if the team really underperforms.

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