2014 has been another of those grim “Summer of Sport”s that piss me off. But it’s nearly over, which is A Good Thing.
This year’s sport includes…
Winter Olympics World Cup(Football)
- Commonwealth Games
Wimbledon(as usual) UK Grand Prix(as usual)
- Tour de France (as usual) with
- Various cricket things
- Various rugby things
- Various cycling things
- Other stuff I can’t recall right now.
The real genius is that a lot of it was all on the same weekend – Grand Prix, World Cup, Wimbledon and Tour de France start. Genius right there.
Still, we’re now at the point – now the World Cup’s finally bloody over – where it’s (I think) just the Commonwealth Games to go from the list of ‘main’ events.
And then of course we’ll just be back to the normal football instead. *sigh*
After all, you would imagine that FIFA were aware when they awarded the World Cup to Qatar that playing it in the Summer is likely to be – well – bloody hot.
But no, it seems to have come as a surprise to them that any countries would be a tad upset at this, and also at the ‘back-up plan’ of playing it in Winter rather than Summer. Because well, playing it in Winter means that the football seasons for many of the countries in question will be spectacularly disrupted for a couple of months.
I don’t get the thinking behind it – assuming there was any – although I have to also point out that I don’t much care one way or the other anyway. It just seems pretty stupid to organise a sporting World Cup in the middle of summer in the Middle East. It’d be like awarding the Olympic Games to the region. But then, what would I know?