Hello, good morning sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff, I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, we need to talk, we need to talk about sports.
What we need to talk about in particular are protestors. The protestors can be quite polarising figures. From the guy who cable-tied his neck to a goalpost, to people lying in front of the road, these people find different ways to get their voices heard.
There’s nothing wrong in trying to change the world for the better, but there is a way to go about it. It’s a fine line these protestors are going down. For some, if they don’t protest, then the argument is, is that the world is silent on the issue, and if they do something, it’s disproportionate.
The sad passing of a horse during the building up to the Grand National is where much of the goodwill, would have been lost. In my own humble opinion, it’s left a bad taste in my mouth.
Ben Newman a spokesperson for Animal Rising, the organisation behind these protests argued that they were trying to bring animal rights to the forefront of the conversation and that they did in desperate circumstances. The 14-minute delay arguably led to the tragic passing of horse Hill Sixteen.
Trainer Sandy Thomson said the day ‘unsettled’ everyone. For those who watch horse racing do it for entertainment, not to talk about the death of one the most pleasing to the eye animals, a horse.
Two other horses in the Grand National – Recite A Prayer and Cape Gentleman – were treated on course and taken away by horse ambulance for further assessment.
Now whether Animal Rising caused the accident itself is hard to say for absolutely certain, but I feel, it didn’t help. Humans when preparing for something like this, there’s a certain level of psyche needed to prepare.
Human racers when they have stop-starts, this can affect the rhythm. Take a 100m runner for example. Too simplistic? Maybe, but the point still stands. Another place where protestors protested was at the World Snooker Championship at York’s Barbican Centre.
One protestor ran onto the play area sat on the table and threw powder everywhere. Instead of getting sympathy, he only drew annoyance from the TV audience and the studio audience that were in attendance.
If this isn’t defeating the point of an oil protest movement I don’t know what is. Snooker has reduced its calendar at the moment. Granted they can’t go to China due to Covid, but the fact is, they’ve reduced their travel globally.
One sport that does have something to answer for is football. Once upon a time, they used to go to matches with a team coach. Now I know they still do, but with the introduction of flights that take less than an hour, this is surely not helpful, is it?
F1 is a sport naturally in the limelight for its contribution to the environment and climate change. Former four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel is someone who is passionate about the issue of climate change and has spoken about it on national TV.
Motor racing has had its fair share of protestors. To a point, you could see the reason for their cause, but if anyone’s safety becomes in jeopardy as a result, then it loses its core purpose.
With everything in life, in every argument, there’s a for and against. So, what are your thoughts, do let us know in the comments.
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