I have to admit that I’m not a rugby fan at all and I didn’t even watch one game of the World Cup. However, I was intrigued to hear the outrage at the way both the English and Australian teams were presented with their medals after the final.
International Rugby Board chairman Syd Millar apparently looked as if he was tossing medals at the Aussies and didn’t waste time with pleasantries like shaking hands. Aussie Prime Minister awarded the English with their medals and there have been dozens of letters writen to newspapers about his attitude. Talk radio around Australia has filled the airwaves with people saying what a sore loser our PM is.
Today we have been given a reason for the apparent bad manners. The game ran late and so they had TV guys hovering the whole time telling the presenters to hurry up. Can you believe it? This is the World Cup, the pinnacle achievement of an international game and it’s being dictated by television producers. I know that the TV thing is important but you’ve got to ask, when did TV stop reporting on major events and start running them. (A long time ago I know.) Already most televised sports need to wait on the green light to recommence play after television advertising breaks.
I’ve got a lot more to say about this – and that’s coming up, right after this break ………..
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