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1. Describe instances when a sporting event is more than entertainment to the audience.
2. Should we keep politics out of sports?
3. Can you think of games or tournaments where sports became a proxy fight for social justice?
4. If sports are so influential, what responsibilities must teams and athletes assume? Is this fair on them?
5. Have you watched movies, TV programs or other media about sports or set in the world of sports? Which were most memorable and why?
From our June 2019 Newsletter
ICC World Cup Cricket 2019 is on now. The last tournament in 2015 is thought to have been watched by more than 2.2 Billion viewers. Should we care how many people are watching something? Maybe/maybe not - but it is interesting to peek into this game that is so much more than a game to so many people.
Some highlights of this tournament: Ten countries are playing - Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. It will be played from May 30-July 14, 2019. The format is One Day International (ODI).
So much more than a game – the Afghanistan cricket team came out of refugee camps to the World Cup; Rashid Khan , the best T20 bowler in the World survived war and displacement to become a superstar; at the Women's World Cup in 2017 (and yes, women play cricket) games were watched by more than 50 million viewers before the final itself; and of course, all this becomes big business - but that's another story.
Some useful links to rules and spirit of the game
Logo of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and the mascot of the Indian Cricket Team
Updated June 2019