Amongst tragic events that grab the world’s attention, such as what happened in Paris (and Beirut) last week, there are always good things that happen and good people that give solace, courage and hope. You read something, listen to something, watch something – and just say ‘wow’.
The Melbourne Cup is the second richest horse race in the world with prize money of about US$4.6 million and is the marquee event of the busy Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. In Australia, it’s known as ‘the race that stops a nation’ and even demands a public holiday in its home state of Victoria.
I know sportsmen and women don’t like to lose, but I see the Wallabies loss to the All Blacks in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Final as an honourable loss. Not only was it against a champion team, but the Wallabies’ quality and potential were evident throughout the tournament, as was their never-say-die attitude and improvement each game.
I’ve spent the last few days at one of the ‘must do’ activities on the sports integrity and governance calendar – attending and speaking at the excellent biennial conference of Play the Game, part of the Institute of Sports Studies in Aarhus, Denmark.
Another major world sporting event kicks-off this Friday with the Rugby World Cup.
As someone who likes to be on the front foot in terms of putting it to sporting bodies about their governance practices and the other big issues facing world sport, I didn’t expect to receive an invitation to speak at a conference put on by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
Before you read the rest of what I’m banging-on about today, let me first say congratulations to England on the Ashes Series win. As an Aussie, it’s hard to take but there is no doubt the best team won and deserved to do so. It must be wonderful to have an Aussie coach also.