“Four years ago who ever thought this would be happening when 85 percent of the city was under water from Hurricane Katrina. Most people not knowing if New Orleans would ever come back or if the organization and the team would come back. This is the culmination of that belief and that faith.” This is what Drew Brees the most valued player and quarterback of the Saints American Football team said after his team won the Super Bowl for the first time.
The city of New Orleans is celebrating and there were more crowds out in Bourbon Street than in Mardi Gras.
This power”>blogger says sport has the power of healing, just like that years of governmental neglect and entrenched racism are washed clean.
This isn’t just the case for New Orleans, the film Invictus is all about how the South African Rugby team played its role in nation building, just after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
Legacy and regeneration is an important part of the Olympic games and why a city is chosen to host them. This is the case for London 2012 and Rio 2016 ,as the first South American city to hold the games.
So why can sport be seen as a healer? Does sport play a role in uniting a country or continent? And can a sporting event be vital in helping to regenerate city? Or is sport just a great divider which can cause riots and even wars?