RIGGED COMPETITIONS – WHAT ARE WE CONVEYING TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS?

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RIGGED COMPETITIONS – WHAT ARE WE CONVEYING TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS?

Yes, you all have heard about the match fixing that happens worldwide and how the media shows that people despise the ones that are involved in it, be it the politicians or the players. For those who are unaware, match-fixing is the practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a match before it is played. As much as the admirers love the player, he is put down to shame if he gets involved in such public scams. In good faith or to show the world, they are also banned from playing the sport or performing at national and international levels. But is this rule applied only for the famous players or performers?

How many of us influence judges in our personal life so that our team wins a competition that could involve children? I have personally been a part of several events where the winners are either already decided upon before the show or the judges are swayed to announce winners based on what they receive in return. Trust me; it is discouraging to perform once again for such rigged competitions. And if I feel that way, what are the hard working children of today absorbing?

Children practice with all their strength to dance for a competition just to do a good job and be a winner. Some kids are told not to worry too much about getting the rules correct as they are going to win anyway while some practice through the night just to get their act right. Of course, the younger ones have no clue who wins and who doesn’t as long as they get to eat and sleep when they want but the older ones are watching, listening and learning.

What are we doing to the talent that’s trying to come out? Are we encouraging the ones who are trying their level best to put on a good show? Or are we being bias and discouraging them from performing again?

What are the dishonest winners trying to tell the world? That they are not talented enough to win a competition honestly? There may be no laws to stop this at the lower levels but do we need a law to be enforced in order to win a competition that involves a simple trophy and no money?

What do you call the judges who get influenced so easily? Are they the talented ones? Do they take their profession seriously? Are they encouraging good people to show good talent? Or are they the non-gifted ones who are going up the ladder by taking bribes in different ways and teaching the future to do the same?

What are we teaching our children? What is the message we are conveying to the future generations? That talent does not matter if you have the influence? Or that they do not need to practice too much because their parents will take care of the judges and make sure they get awarded? To my knowledge, we are simply spoiling our kids and bringing them up to be indecent individuals. We are teaching them that hard work is unrealistic and only connections work. But how long will that last?

I wonder what the world is going to be like for my little daughter. Will her talents even be recognized in the future or is she going to be clouded by the untalented ones who have the influence? Firstly, we need to be sincere individuals before we can bring up decent future personalities. What do you think?

Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva, a belly dancer, writer and artist, besides being a mother of two. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is more about her on the ABOUT ME page. Do check it out! :) Do like the facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/blogaberry/

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