I am completely devastated by the suffering that the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted on our people. There has been a total collapse of our medical system. I don’t blame the hospitals or their workforce. They are the true heroes of today’s times, so I have nothing but respect for them. But it shows that we do require a lot more investment in healthcare.
The last few weeks have exposed many other problems as well. We are seeing a lot of apathy and selfishness. It’s wonderful to see how much people are doing to help each other on social media. Others are doing it in their own quiet way. But in general, in all verticals, be it the political establishment or people from other walks of life, we must come together and show solidarity and kindness to each other because those are the only attributes that will help us get through this extremely painful moment in history. of our nation.
Unfortunately, people not only in India but around the world seem to lack empathy. Not only during the pandemic but also at other times. There is also excessive nationalism, as we are seeing with the distribution of vaccines around the world. Decisions at this point should be driven not by these factors but by science.
And as citizens, we must follow the rules. The only staple of sports is following the rules. This is why I got frustrated with the tweet from fighter Yogeshwar Dutt. What you said about the Kumbh Mela and the references to a certain section of society is something we don’t need at this time.
Sport, like life, hardly gives you second chances, and certainly not in a pandemic era. In some sports, you have a way of going back to the playoffs, but in the game of life, there is no such thing. Seeing a comment like that from someone I respect very much for their accomplishments was frustrating. Everyone needs to behave responsibly and message correctly, especially when you are a role model for millions.
India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra says Yogeshwar Dutt is “failing the entire sporting community” for lending his support to holding the mass gathering.https://t.co/Gw8ERIFggE
– Express Sports (@IExpressSports) April 17, 2021
Athletes in India have been criticized for not speaking out on issues of national concern or saying things that don’t bother the establishment. This is not a recent trend and it is difficult to argue against it. I don’t know what prevents Indian athletes from expressing their thoughts freely, perhaps it is fear of repercussions. But I don’t know why fear would exist because sport is largely meritorious by nature. If you are good enough, no one can stop you from competing.
I’d like to go back to something the sport taught me: to be successful, it takes a great deal of courage, integrity, and honesty. This is what makes athletes unique human beings. We live in a free society and no one can incite anyone to speak up or shut up, but as role models, we have a great responsibility to promote the right values. That is the least we can do.
Many athletes have had great achievements and are heroes in their own right. But we are not saving lives. So let’s keep our achievements in perspective, take a look at what’s happening around us, take a look at all the front-line workers and their life-saving efforts. They are the true heroes. So if we have a chance to help in any way we can, we should.
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That brings me to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the debate over whether it is inappropriate to continue playing right now or whether it serves as a distraction. Personally, I can’t watch any sports right now. Even when I go on Twitter and see some IPL news on my timeline, I quickly pass it on because I can’t relate to any of it right now.
But that’s just me. There could also be positives. There is so much negativity right now, as people and as a nation, that we also need an outlet to move forward. So that is an element that is very positive.
Players must realize how privileged they are to be able to play the IPL in these times. So I just hope that everyone involved in IPL plays their part in one way or another, whether it’s through correct messages, such as the importance of masking, the importance of social distancing, or even finding creative ways to expand the requirements of people’s health.
Second, if I were the president of BCCI and had the capacity, and I understand that the IPL is not a charity, I would definitely give a great deal to do, say, the right to vaccinate or help in any other way. This is a way of acknowledging that IPL 2021 playing at this time is a great privilege and that everyone should act responsibly.
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Cricketers and officials cannot just live in their own bubble and be totally deaf or blind to whatever is going on outside. I can only imagine that while you are having these IPL games, outside the stadium you have ambulances going to hospitals. I don’t know what the coverage is like on TV, but I would really appreciate it if it was a bit muted in nature. I think the celebration and everything that surrounds it should be minimal because you have to show a little respect to society.
If we show some kindness, it will help us heal as individuals and as a nation. That process will not be easy. We know that the pandemic will not end tomorrow, but we do not know what the end will be. So many people will lose their lives, so many families will be affected… it will be very difficult.
In sports, we talk about wins and losses. But when the pandemic finally subsides, and that day will come, there will be no victory. Just an ending.
~ She is a professional blogger, writer, speaker, and attached to a famous magazine in India. She loves to cover all types of Sports news in NewsGater.