Regarding sports competitions

I don’t believe that the way most sports competitions are organized are fair. For example, currently there is the world track & field championship in Osaka going on. Here you have athletes trying to do their best to achieve that 0.1% better performance than their competitor and get the gold medal. How stupid is that?

What I mean is, especially for a woman, it’s not fair to say that “on the 30th of August you gotta perform better than all the rest”. What if you got your period that day? What if you are injured? Why can’t they do a number of competitions throughout the year (like IAAF’s Grand Prix series), and at the end of the season decide who was the best and leave it at that? Why do athletes have to prove themselves THAT particular day?

Same goes for the play-offs btw. Here you got teams working their ass off all year to get a good rank, and at the end of the season they have to do play-offs instead of winning the championship purely on ranking. Except than feeding viewers adrenaline and suspense, there is no other reason why things are the way they are. And so for me, these results are just invalid. It’s just a marketing ploy, not real competition based on long term performance statistics.

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Thom Holwerda wrote on August 31st, 2007 at 2:05 AM PST:

It’s the way sports are organised, and have been organised since, like, forever.

The reason it is not unfair is because there is an equal chance for each player to have a bad day. In other words, the disadvantage you describe goes for everybody.


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Eugenia wrote on August 31st, 2007 at 2:14 AM PST:

Just because it’s equal for all, doesn’t mean that it is fair at all. Definitely not fair for the injured person who will lose the competition, even if he might have had the best performance of the year so far. And just because they were organized as such since forever, does not make it fair either. It just makes it a status quo. Nothing more.


mikesum32 wrote on August 31st, 2007 at 4:22 AM PST:

Man up nancy !


Vassilis 'vasper' Perantzakis wrote on August 31st, 2007 at 5:10 AM PST:

life isn’t fair. Period 🙂


Richard wrote on September 1st, 2007 at 3:16 AM PST:

There is a problem with competitions par se, no matter how you twist it, someone will lose. This why they are stupid, I like events where everyone is a winner. 😛


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