04 March 2009

Sport now war with shooting

The attack by as yet unapprehended assailants on the Test match officials and the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore is a tragedy for all those killed or injured. It also reiterates the problems facing Pakistan, international cricket and international sport.

Years ago George Orwell wrote

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.

The Lahore attack has shown that the last few words are no longer true.

My condolences to the family and friends of all those bereaved, especially those who gave their lives to protect those of the Sri Lankan team and the foreign officials

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