ANOTHER professional skier died this month, and little is being done to make the sport safer. Author, journalist and Olympian LAURA ROBINSON* comments on sports officials’ tendencies to put the fight for new viewers by making the sports more dangerous and exciting above the safety of the athletes.
|“I think they are pushing it a little too much. To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we’re crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives.”
Australian Luge Team, Vancouver 2010 Olympics just before Georgian luger Nodor Kumaritashvili died on the same course Continue reading
Sangakkara’s attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket administration was not prompted by personal agenda but by concern for the game © Getty Images
The Sri Lankan’s speech at Lord’s should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains
By PETER ROEBUCK*
Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in cricket history. Brushing aside the twin temptations of romance and sentiment, the erudite Sri Lankan has dared to confront the truths about cricket in his country. Along the way he struck many meaty blows on the game’s behalf. His discourse was nothing less than a challenge to cricket to set higher standards for itself, to reject jealousy, pettiness and greed, and to become part of the enlightenment. Continue reading
Kumar Sangakkara has made an extraordinary, scathing attack on the “partisan cronies” at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) who have blighted the sport in his country and who led him to resign the captaincy after only two years in charge, following the World Cup final in April. Sangakkara was delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord’s on Monday.
In an hour-long speech that earned him a standing ovation, Sangakkara charted the unique history of cricket in his country, and called on SLC to root out its corrupt practices and recognise the huge role the sport now needs to play in promoting reconciliation at the end of a 30-year civil war. Continue reading
Players of Palestine and “a foreign team” compete during the opening football match on the first day of Gaza’s version of the World Cup, in Gaza City, on May 2, 2010. The Gaza Strip kicked off its own version of the World Cup with teams of Palestinian footballers and foreigners representing foreign countries on Sunday. The trophy is made out of twisted metal and rubble from last year’s bloody invasion by Israel. Continue reading
Essay by MIKE MARQUSEE, Frontline
Though’t be a sportful combat
Yet in the trial much opinion dwells.
– William Shakespeare, in Troilus and Cressida
EVERYWHERE TODAY, sport commands an increasing proportion of the public discourse – in advertising and politics, newspapers (front page as well as back), television and the Internet. More Londoners watched the telecast of the England vs Germany football confrontation in Euro 2000 in June than bothered to vote in the recent first-ever elections for a London Mayor. Continue reading