There was a line in a recent newspaper article that got me thinking.
The dreadful incident which saw 298 innocent passengers and crew seemingly shot from the skies on flight MH17, was an abhorrent act. While there’s currently no certainty about who was responsible, the plane was brought down in an area of Ukraine which is occupied by Russian-backed rebels. Consequently, world leaders from all corners have pointed to the potential involvement of Russia itself – a nation that FIFA has triumphantly championed as a future host of the FIFA World Cup.
Wow, what a great World Cup! Tremendous football, exciting goals, the most worthy winners and a month-long spectacle that put the feel-good factor back on the face of world football. And then there was Luis Suarez. What a cast iron, A-1 pillock.
In my last blog I wrote about the optimism that is spreading through world cycling following the appointment of Brian Cookson as its new President. That ‘new broom sweeps clean’ message got me thinking; what about other sports?
At last! Cycling has a leadership its squillions of followers deserve and the sport’s damaged reputation is going to be tackled with all the integrity and commitment we expected from its new President, Brian Cookson.
SKINS has launched a new campaign on its Pure Sport platform which challenges the people who have failed to uphold the True Spirit Of Competition.
When an athlete thinks they’re good at something, is their potential success wrapped up in just the physical and the technical or how much can mental strength swing the pendulum in their favour – even if their opponent’s skill levels might be slightly higher?
I heard news this week which gives me genuine cause for optimism in 2014 and beyond.
Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a humanitarian, a politician, a visionary. He was also a sports fanatic who understood the crucial role sport could play in unifying the world and he used it with devastating brilliance.
Over the last week or so, we’ve been blessed to see some terrific sport played around the world. It reinforces what a tremendous force for good sport can be. As you know, I’m passionate about good, honest competition that is played well, competed fiercely and won or lost honourably and some of it this week has even revolved around Australian success, which for me, makes it all the sweeter.