Saturday 10 December 2016

Game over: why sport is being destroyed

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

Sport has been described as the opium of the masses. However, sport as we know it is being slowly destroyed.

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Rugby Union has been reduced to a series of phases, destroyed by over-analysis and emphasis on brawn over brain. Soccer has become boring, destroyed by money. The game of soccer now is about keeping possession. The off-the-cuff moments of magic have been coached out of the game. Fear of failure has replaced imagination.

Golf has become so slow it's like watching paint dry. Cycling and athletics are clouded by the shadow of drugs and nobody believes the times achieved anymore. National Hunt and flat racing have been reduced to a small number of main players where money and the ability to buy the best have taken the small man out. Grade one races have become boring.

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