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This post highlights a very disturbing and longstanding dilemma, of DECISION MAKING IN SPORT! This problem has been brought to the forefront in 2020, by the unfolding, devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
WARNING SIGNS WERE THERE
It was very obvious by February of this year, that the COVID-19 problem was getting out of hand. This was more so in the continents with the highest sporting activity, the biggest leagues, and the largest number of Athletes.
Decision had to be taken as to whether to suspend or cancel league games and tournaments, including major tournaments. But what the world witnessed was the usual indecisiveness.
Leagues rolled on, and preparations for tournaments continued. Tourist hotspots with Sporting facilities such as skiing resorts, kept their gates and doors open to the international community. And countries kept their airports and borders open to travel to such non-essential destinations, including destinations in countries already experiencing an explosion of Coronavirus cases. Even cold environment Sports remained open to people from all over the world. This was obviously very dangerous for visitors from warm parts of the world, as there were lots of viruses floating around, including the novel Coronavirus, and people’s immune systems would be sub-optimal in the cold conditions.
Reports began to surface, of Sporting tourists being infected with Coronavirus, sometimes with entire travel groups affected.
Athletes continued with their rigorous training. Then, one by one, reports came out, of Athletes who had contracted Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19.
￼”LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL”
But the “fun” rolled on!
Later, some quarters in the global Sporting Community began to lose patience with the indecisiveness, and tensions began to creep in, unnecessary tensions and controversies that could have been averted!
SPORT IS BIG BUSINESS WHICH SUPPORTS PLAYERS AND OTHER ROLE PLAYERS, BUT …
Readers who work or have ever worked as Team Physiotherapists, Team Doctors, etc, know how many a Team Owner or Committee Member can be very demanding in the face of adversity. When a Player gets injured or falls ill, the commonest question is, “will s/he be able to play next week?” (or even tomorrow if the next match is tomorrow!)
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We need to realise that Athletes / Players are human beings, and that even though Sport has become big business today, we cannot or should not put them in harm’s way for any reason whatsoever, especially because many of them are young people with many years ahead of them.
Playing Sport or continuing exercises when one has a viral infectin on board, is very risky, as this may cause a serious condition of the heart muscles, called VIRAL MYOCARDITIS. This condition, though rare (and thankfully not reported in Coronavirus affected Athletes!), carries a very high mortality rate even in the best health centres in the world.
It is understandable, as mentioned above, that a lot of people’s livelihoods depend on Sport. A lot of money has been pumped into Sport since the latter decades of the Twentieth Century. Management teams, Agents, Broadcasters, Promoters, and many other parties depend on the continuance of Sporting activities as per contracts. But lessons have to be taken from such painful occurrences as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please, stay safe and keep others safe!!
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