Major sporting events are a cause for excitement and are a celebration of sporting excellence. We have just had the Winter Olympics and this month the Commonwealth Games take place on the west coast of Australia. The football World Cup will follow hot on its heels, together with many other sports which are having World or European Championships.
There are many opportunities to celebrate great sporting performances and achievements. Celebrations are not just to confined to the participants, but the family and friends will join in. Then there are the fans, some of whom may have had a wager on the outcome of a sporting encounter, and have benefitted financially from the result.
I expect most of you can recall some iconic sporting events that has led to great rejoicing. The summer of 1966 is still vivid in my memory. The whole country, football supporters or not, celebrated that famous victory. It was front page, back page and centre page in all newspapers. The television news only...
It used to be said that for any sports person to be selected to represent their country was the pinnacle of their career. I am not so sure that is the case anymore. For some time, there has been a club v country debate, especially when a player returns from international duty with an injury.
Top footballers are paid vast sums and the stakes are high in the top leagues, so when one of their star employees arrives back at his club unfit there is some understandable anguish. With the final international break taking place just before the final “run in” clubs that have players away on international duty will be hoping they all returned unharmed.
I am sure any player who has been selected to wear their country’s shirt is proud to do so, especially when they hear their national anthem being played. In times past players were happy to continue representing their country until no longer required. Now they “retire” from international duty!!
This comes back to the club v country debate. A...