Friday, January 23, 2009

Make Sport not War!

Amer Delic and I , Baton Rouge LA 2008
All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner

I have often thought , wouldn't it be nice to substitute a sporting match in place of a war? Battling the Japanese on the golf course , the Germans on a soccer field , the English on a polo field....... you get the idea. Someone wins, someone loses but no one dies! This is obviously not possible but a nice thought never the less.

 The idea came to mind last night when (Bosnian born) American, Amer Delic took on Serbian born (2008 Australian Open champion) Novak Djokovic in the third round of this years Open. Amer should not have even been there except for the lucky loser draw he had gotten because of other higher ranking players dropping out of the tournament. However, Amer Delic deserved to be there.

 Here was Amer, having won two hard fought matches in the first and second round,  going toe to toe in battle with Champion Djokovic. It went four sets and Djokovic prevailed, but what was heart warming was their hand shake and embrace after it was all over. 

 It didn't have to be that way , but it was a beautiful sight. 

 Sportsmen putting politics aside.


Anonymous g said...

It's true the players were reasonably respectful, but there was a minor riot out by the big tvs after the match. Still, I agree with you, it's always nice to hope.

8:24 AM  
Blogger William Greiner said...

My post was in part about what went on outside the court, but I chose to focus on what went on inside the court instead! Both players showed great sportsmanship and respect for each other! The way it should be done!!! Hats off to both these guys.

1:19 PM  

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