Sports is a preserver of health not a hub for filth

Sports is a preserver of health not a hub for filth

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Sanitation and hygiene plays a big role to sportsmanship.

And this is good reason why every sportsman should develop the urge to promote good sanitation coupled with a hygienic behaviour.

There should be no guaranteed dwelling for bad sanitation in any sporting discipline for any sportsman.

Sportsmen must work hard to protect and preserve sanitation in sporting facilities and various forms of sport.

At the just ended world cup in Russia, Japan and Senegal fans stole the headlines when they decided to stay behind after their World Cup matches to ensure the arenas are left clean and tidy leaving no litter behind.

If World Cups were won because of the behavior of a country’s fan base, then Japan and Senegal would make the 2018 World Cup final.

Sportsmen must beware that sports hygiene and sanitation plays an important role in preventing disease from dangerous germs that cause infections and illness to sports athletes.

According to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), Athletes are at a higher risk of contracting diseases like MRSA, staph, herpes, ringworm, impetigo and flu due to negligence and failure in proper sports hygiene.

The AAP outlines few statistics in their report on hygiene.

It states that 10-15% of time lost from practice or competition at the college level is due to skin infections.

It says up to 23% of athletes have been found to have MRSA – a common antibiotic-resistant infection (kindly read the whole report from the AAP here.)

Athletes should take note and be taught proper personal hygiene like washing of the hands, showering after games and proper laundering of sporting apparels on a daily or regular basis, avoidance of sharing of water bottles, spoons, cups, towels etc.

Athletes must as well develop a plan for proper cleaning and maintenance of their sanitary sporting environment.

Athletes should learn to be healthy and safe whilst playing the sport they love!

Fans and spectators must learn how to tidy up stadia by adhering to simple rules of dropping liters into available bins and if possible pick them back home and liter them properly.

Liters aren’t just unsightly for people but they destroy animals, the beauty of an environment which goes a long way to even affect animals, domestic pests and wildlife.

It seems that dropping liters at the stadia has become acceptable with a notion that the stadia have cleaners who would do the job of tidying up the place.

Dropping liters must not be acceptable in all phase, which covers open defecation and urination.

The Ho Sports stadium over the years has suffered various forms of littering, open defecation and urination.

The scenario at the Ho Sport Stadium appears to changing, largely because of the intervention of administrators whose drive is to cause change.

I recall Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jnr. when he assumed office as the Volta regional director for the National Sports Authority.

He was mocked as the “Hygiene Man” because of his radical way of reprimanding any individual who was found littering around the Ho Sports Stadium.

A norm that has maintained and gathered so much impetus anytime one visits the Ho Sports Stadium, is that one must check well if Mr. Amponfi is around before you can even think of buying a snack subject to littering.

Sportsmen and enthusiasts must take note that littering is a bad habit on and off the pitch, the boxing ring and the basketball court.

In as much as liters must not be dropped at the stadia and public gatherings, certain liters must be dropped in the circles of various sporting disciplines.

These litters are disheartening, intimidating, scary and disparaging.

Racism in any form of Sports is litter that must be dropped!

Racism befalls us every now and then, black athletes who ply their trades outside the shores of their country attest to the fact that race comments are usual although the fight is on.

In 2017, former Black Stars player, Sulley Ali Muntari was a subject of racism when he played for Italian Club, Pescara, which is currently in the Italian Serie B.

He was booked for complaining about racist chanting from the crowd during his team’s 1-0 defeat at Cagliari in Serie A.

The England National team led by manager Gareth Southgate is preparing how to react to racism before their Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria on 14 October 2019 following fans racist behavior in June and in 2011 in Bulgaria.

Study shows that racism has a huge mental health impacts on people who experience it.

It has an ongoing feeling of sadness, anger, depression and being left out, having little or no trust in anybody apart from family.

Racism in any form of Sports is litter that must be dropped!

Another Litter that needs to be dropped in sports is bribery and corruption in sports.

In a system where there is corruption in sports, there is no fair play.

Ghana and the rest of the world was caught-aback when investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé unraveled corruption in Ghana Football Association leaving Ghana football in limbo and doubt.

Bribery and corruption is a liter that must be dropped.

In decent non-sportsmanship behavior is another cancer which needs to be dropped in sports.

Every sportsman must be clad in a decent attire representing decency in all spheres of the sport.

A good sportsman is a disciplinarian in the sport he or she loves, just like in tennis where apology is collective should an athlete hit the net cord or mistakenly gives you a bad serve.

Though the winner of such point isn’t obliged to apologize, it is good court etiquette to do so, simply because you might be on the receiving end of that same misfortune.

Now that is good Sportsmanship!

Vulgar words and crowd violence must be frown upon and dropped like a liter so as to be labeled a good sportsman.

Sports has, and continues to be a unifying force that brings people together across the world.

Although racist behaviours continue to exist in certain countries, it appears a lot has happened over the years which present a glimmer of hope for equal treatment of all persons irrespective of their colour or race.

Sport can and must be used as a force to champion the campaign for keeping the environment clean.

It is a fight that must be embraced by all and Sportsmen must be at the forefront of this fight.

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Source: Tilda Acorlor

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