As mentioned before, these tournaments have made sports a truly global activity where players from different countries come and play against, and along each other, with the sports spirit and entertainment being the main requirements to fulfill. Adding to that, organization of such events demands great man-power which gives rise to innumerable job opportunities.

Sounds amazing, right?

Wait till we discuss the downside of sports leagues which are mushrooming in India like never before. Organizational inefficiency is common in India; owing to which, it becomes difficult to keep discipline in place. IPL, the biggest cricket league in the world, has been marred with the rumours of betting and spot-fixing etc. As a matter of fact, two of the participating teams: Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, have been suspended for two years from the tournament, apart from their owners being handed a lifetime ban from any cricket-related activity for being involved in betting, an act which is illegal in India.

The most recent example for this would be the ban handed to Indian Super League (ISL) team Goa FC co-owners yesterday. In an unprecedented decision, ISL team FC Goa were today slapped a whopping fine of Rs 11 crore while their co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar were banned for two and three seasons respectively for 'bringing disrepute' to the tournament.

FC Goa were facing the allegations of violating ISL Regulations, namely for boycotting match and league ceremony, public criticism, and threatening match officials, alleging that the matches were fixed, and non-adherence of League rules, the ISL said in a release.
There have been arguments that money earning has become the central agenda behind organizing such tournaments and less attention is given to their negative impacts.

Maharashtra drought issue is an example which seems especially crafted to support this argument. IPL matches were scheduled to be played in the state in spite of knowing well the plight of farmers in the state which had been suffering from drought for third year in running. Finally, the honourable High Court intervened in the matter and asked all the matches to be shifted out of Maharashtra.
In our opinion, sports should not be moulded to only suit the personal or financial interests of any particular company or person. Also, we feel that the need to entertain should not supersede the requirement to play with ethics.

By: Ira Shukla

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