Hagen Engler
3 minute read
27 Aug 2021
10:00 am

What if sport was just a little bit gentler?

Hagen Engler

Screaming, getting drunk, and verbal abuse are all acceptable parts of sporting culture. No wonder athletes sometimes just need a time out.

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Every time a top athlete withdraws from an event for the sake of their mental health, I punch the air three times and hiss, “Yes!” under my breath. It may involve simply not showing up for your match, but it strikes yet another blow to make sport a bit less toxic. Because – let’s face it – sport has been a macho horror show for ages. Even as a lifelong sports fan, I’ve constantly been faced with the choice of either adopting, or ignoring a host of offensive, violent and downright scary aspects of sporting culture. Roaring at the television?...