Friday, August 7, 2009

Fair play

Every sport of note is out there to reward anyone or any team who lives up to the "spirit" of the game whatever indecipherable or undefinable quantity that is. Cheating during a game euphemestically called "gamesmanship" is so popular a tool nowadays that players actually have to be rewarded for not cheating. The Cristiano Ronaldos and the Michael Clarkes of the world thrive on this "gamesmanship" or "Win by hook or by crook" philosophy of modern sport. Second place is not worth a penny these days. The "Fair Play" award is apparently for losers who haven't got enough drive to win.

This in my opinion really sucks! Sports is the only arena where one can be blindly partisan to a club or a player without needing a flimsy basis for being so. It's also the arena where the natural competitiveness of humans as a species can be expended in a positive direction and bears witness to breathtaking David versus Goliath encounters. The whole charm of the face-off would wear thin if David were on steroids or if he launched a sneak attack on the sleeping Goliath in contradiction to the rules of fair combat. Rules are what make the playing and watching of sport such an intense and involving experience. It's human nature to try to sneak past a rule or two when no one is watching but it only means that the authorities need to keep a sharper eye out for misdemeanours and definitely coaching in "gamesmanship" as is common nowadays should be a no-no. There is nothing better on earth to watch than the grit and fierce passions on a playing field but everyone should tip their hats to the rules. I mean, what's next? Roughing up a key player in the opposing team pre-match or even hiring a hitman to take out a rival team's star - if all is fair in chasing victory where do we draw the line?

4 comments:

Kunnu said...

ironical....I am reading 'God Knows'..right now. Thats why I got the sense of 'David and Goliath' encounter :)

But what made you suddenly write on this topic..

India-Australia 2nd Test of the last series Down Under ka highlights dekha kya??

Roy said...

@Kunnu: What's "God knows" about? Highlights wighlights kaa pataa nahin parr jabb bhi koi cheating karta hai sports mein bahut jalti hai meri! :D

Kunnu said...

"God Knows" is a novel by Joseph 'Catch-22' Heller. It is a satire on the life of King David. Quite enjoyable...

Beanie said...

Even I feel the same when someone cheats. But, the one who doesn't cheat is considered a fool in this "kalyug". Well, why only humans, if you look at our gods, specifically those from the Mahabharat era, you will find countless cases of cheating even by the Gods. Though, it wasn't a mere game, a war, "Dharmyudh".... Ab sale no isme bhi cheating ki...