THE increasing interest in sports on a global scale over the past 50 years has been phenomenal.
The explosion of soccer in Latin America and Africa; cricket in India, Australia and England; basketball, baseball and AFL in the US; rugby 15s in NZ; and 7s in Fiji all have one thing in common.
They help to keep the different countries relatively stable.
The Roman satirist Juvenal summed it up pretty well when he said: "Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt".
In the book "1984" by George Orwell, he writes: "Football, beer and above all gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them under control was not difficult."
I would like to suggest that this type of unity is shallow, non-productive and easily disrupted.
I challenge our leaders to explore different options in the quest for unity.
Not too late
IT'S not too late for FRU to realise that God is not to be taken for granted when the team betrayed that trust and as result Rio gold is now reduced to dust.
Waya St, Lautoka
TO see Fiji enjoy it's second Super Rugby game between Crusaders and Chiefs on home ground at the ANZ Stadium on Friday night was electrifying, even for those who don't understand the game.
Thank you to Fiji Sports Council CEO, and Super Rugby games committee chair Litiana Loabuka and your team for making this happen.
The players felt at home with the support and the spectators enjoyed cheering their side through out the game.
Looking forward to the next game Ms Loabuka and team. Well done!
Finau Naigulevu Turaga
Inclusiveness, transparent dialogue that leads to decision making for the collective good (FT 20/05) is applaudable if only it starts at home .
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