Local Event Sports Association

The Pressures of Sport

By Shadlee Rahman On November - 11 - 2009

We viewers often view the millions earned by top level sportsmen and women with disdain and perhaps a touch of jealousy, aware, perhaps, how their earnings dwarf that of ours.

Every time a high level sportsperson gets in the news for the wrong reasons, we say, "There they go, their millions are spoiling them. They have no sense of responsibility. they do whatever want and expect to get away with it."

When these people say such things, do they think of the pressures that a high level sportsperson goes through, the expectations that they have to live up to, the constant media attention, the hype and the fervor, the weight of pressure, the knowledge that they have to be at their best day in, day out?

Contrary to what most people think, 99 percent of sportspeople at the top of their game are not spoilers. They live life the way it should be lived, and they put their families and personal life ahead of any possible riches they could earn.

It is just that the media is brilliant at bringing out the negative one percent and exaggerating the story tenfold. Forgive me for ...

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