The tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, a young Olympian Luge competitor, late last Friday provoked a debate about this sport and the risks involved. Here at WHYS we were wondering if some sports are too dangerous to play or compete in?
Is Luge one of them? This blogger says it is one of the most dangerous sports.
This New York Times article also highlights the risks: ….“Luge is a tough sport. It takes a long time to master…..at the end of the day, we’re going 95-98 miles an hour and we’re six inches off the ice. We get down a mile of track in 45 seconds. There’s an inherent risk.”
Is the danger and risk part of the whole package of sport and its excitement?
Is it sometimes a price to high to pay? Maybe Nodar Kumaritashvili’s father thought so, as quoted in this Daily Telegraph article…”but I know that he should never have been going that fast; that kind of speed is too much in this sport.”
Do spectators and competitors place intense pressure in sport to perform, regardless of the risks involved? One Indian competitor thinks so, he’s quoted in the same New York Times article …“We are professional athletes. We need to perform. The whole world is watching us.”
There are a whole host of dangers in sport and dangerous sports. From the well known risks in sports like Rugby, Formula 1 Racing, Skiing and more dangerous pursuits like rock climbing and hang gliding. Yet boxing stands out as a sport that has attracted such great criticism over the years.
Late last year Headway a brain injury charity attacked enhanced public funding for boxing in this Guardian article Guardian article. Headway says it is immoral to encourage children to participate in boxing.
In the same Guardian article, The British Medical Council and the World Medical Council are quoted as all believing boxing should be banned.
Have you participated in a dangerous sport or do you think boxing, Luge and many others are just too dangerous to play or compete in?