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The last few months we have a gone through a range of emotions. It started with denial where we were taking the virus lately and believed it was only going to impact the already affected area. Then the games started getting canceled, schools and colleges shutting down followed by the country going on lockdown. All these were unprecedented circumstances for our generation, and we were passing through different stages of emotions from denial to acceptance to unsurety. People were losing jobs, pay cuts all around with no one the wiser on when the pandemic can be contained.

We humans came together, recognized that no one is safe as long we present a united front. We adopted the masks and sanitizers. The top minds of the world came together to develop vaccines to tackle the situation and we did it, in record time. The countries started easing the lockdown and we were adjusting to life in a pandemic while taking precautions.

The games started coming back albeit in closed stadiums. Football, cricket, hockey, WWE are not only entertainment but provides a sort of escapism for the community. There were again fan wars and arguments online on whose team is superior, on the refereeing blunders, on the mismanagement of the councils all a welcome sight from all the gloom and desperation messages up until now.

Then the pandemic took a turn again, it fought back. The viruses started to get stronger with each variant and again affecting different parts of the world in its second wave. The bio bubbles were penetrated, leading to multiple events getting affected. The games were getting postponed and canceled due to the supporting staff and players getting affected. Let’s take the case of the recently postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) which was being conducted when the country was going through a severe pandemic combined with lack of hospital beds and oxygen tanks raised many ethical questions like should it even be allowed (Gupta, 2021). Some players were shook with everything happening around them which led some to cancel the tour and head back to their own country and a popular player from Australia Andrew Tye questioned spending so much money while the country is going through a crisis (“Andrew Tye wonders how IPL franchises ‘spending so much’ amidst COVID-19 crisis”, 2021).

Several questions are raised about all sporting activities worldwide and in no way should a player be forced to compete due to some contractual agreement but all players willing should be included and the games should be allowed. The games are not only a sort of escape mechanism from the dire reality but instill a sense of normalcy to the audiences. While watching these games, for that few hours we forget about the virus, we forget about the unsurety but we become a fan rooting our favorite stars and teams. We have another topic to discuss with our friends and family. These games help us maintain our sanity and is one of the connections to our older world. Even though the stadiums shouldn’t open up for fans and no player forced to play without his/her consent, with proper bio bubble and security measures as most of the sporting agencies are cash cows and can afford it. People should be able to enjoy the games from the safety of their homes and take their minds off the viruses for few moments which is more like an anchor to the world that once was for ardent fans like us.

(Adil Sattar)

References

Gupta, J. (2021). Can the IPL wield its power to aid a country in crisis?. Retrieved 10 May 2021, from https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ipl-2021-can-the-ipl-wield-its-power-to-aid-a-country-in-crisis-1261025

Andrew Tye wonders how IPL franchises ‘spending so much’ amidst COVID-19 crisis. (2021). Retrieved 10 May 2021, from https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/ipl/andrew-tye-ipl-2021-covid-19-spending-comments-7290344/

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