In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world has come to a complete standstill. With this, even matches of major sports leagues are postponed or cancelled. This has marked the seriousness of the issue. However, now with everything easing out, matches have begun in an empty stadium. The starting of these sports could stand for something bigger this time. Dan Lebowitz, Executive of the Centre for the study of Sport at Northeastern University, says that this time sport could stand for a social cause like racial justice.
Sport as a whole provides a platform for people to express their opinions and stand up for social causes. With the unfortunate incident that took place in the U.S. with George Floyd was a sign for the people to wake up and take the necessary actions to bring about a change. Sports as a platform unites people. It is a stage for famous people to set an influential opinion for the people. When this happens, the message amplifies and has a greater reach. One of the biggest examples of this was when the members of the IOWA basketball team knelt down during the national anthem to support racial justice. The Premier League players also followed the same. In addition to this, several NBA players also followed this to support the cause.
At the end of the day, does it really matter who wins or loses in a game, when the platform offers life-changing opinions and views given by influential people? I believe it doesn’t. Sports serve as a medium to unite, to overcome, and to grow. There is no discrimination while playing a game, it is a ground for fair and even play. It is a way to show gratitude and uplift society. Hence, this rising provides a voice that would probably change things for the better.