PHYSICAL VIOLENCE IN SPORTS – AGAINST THE MOTION
John Wooden once said: “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
When we think of the tremendous technological progress we have made, it’s amazing how little we have developed in other respects. We may speak contemptuously of the poor old Romans because they relished the orgies of slaughter that went on steel shelving arenas. We may despise them because they mistook these goings on for entertainment. We may forgive them condescendingly because they lived 2000 years ago and knew no better. But are our feelings of superiority really justified? Are we any less blood-thirsty? Why do boxing matches, for instance, attract such universal interest? Don’t the spectators who attend them hope they will see some violence? Humans are as bloodthirsty as ever they were.
The dangers that these sports cause are susceptibility to major accidents that may prove to be even worse than fatal. Certain instances in the past, such as the accidents of Fred Guirrero and Umaga during the match have resulted in their deaths in the arena itself. Also, these violent sports are responsible for major injuries to the sportspersons, such as rupture of the spine, brain haemorrhage, excessive blood loss, irregular clotting etc. What is the logic behind sports persons indulging themselves in such inhuman activities and the viewers watching blood smeared sportsmen in the ring with broken limbs? It seems greed of money is prompting certain people to participate in such type of violent activity. Also, it is very contradictory to the spirit of sports that they spread violence and suffering instead of providing pleasure and joy. Not only the sportspersons are affected by these kinds of sports, but also young children as well as adults, try to imitate the actions that take place in these sports. Statistics say that almost 15000 deaths take place annually in the USA because of people imitating the sportspersons of boxing, wrestling, sword...
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