In the midst of pleasure and excitement we often tend to forget the dark side of sports. When it comes to that, things can take severely ugly forms ranging from a miniature riot, to excruciating physical damage, even death.
Like it or not, sports is dangerous but hey, maybe that is what makes it so thrilling.
Here’s a list of 10 disasters that shook the world of sports –
10 TERRIBLE DISASTERS IN SPORTS WORLD
10. HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE FIRE
On 28th February 1918 the Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong was engulfed in an enormous fire. In just few seconds large areas of stands and booths collapsed. Unable to exit many people were trapped, as many as 570 charred bodies were later found. However the exact number of death can never be known because a lot many people were burned with such intensity that only hints of their body remained. Though the exact origin of the catastrophe is unknown, speculations were made that people engaged in preparing meals on cooking ranges in the sheds were at fault.
9. BOXING CHAMPION MICHAEL WATSON
September 21st 1991, was a day to be remembered in British Boxing. When Michael Watson – admirable English boxer lost super middleweight title earlier that year to the unpopular Chris Eubank, people made a huge outcry and demanded a rematch. Three months later the rematch was held.
Into the 11th round Watson was visibly outscoring Eubank. But suddenly something happened; Watson started falling back taking blow after blow. He walked straight into Eubank punch several times. The fight entered into the 12th and Watson could hardly lift his gloves. Smelling trouble the referee finally called for a stop. Watson collapsed in the ring.
Michael Watson survived but had to go through 6 brain operations and 40 days of coma. He later sued the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) for lack of proper immediate medications and won damage compensation of around £1 million.
8. DEATH OF HANSIE CRONJE
World of cricket was in for a shock when in 2000 the South African captain Hansie Cronje was accused of match fixing. Subsequently after an enquiry by the King Commission he got banned for life. Two years later in 2002 he died in a plane crash which immediately sparked off conspiracy theories. It was dubiously held that the crash have been pre-ordained to eliminate any chases of Cronje exposing high profile people involved in the fixing. The exact truth still remains unknown.
Perhaps it was such speculation that made people compassionate into voting Hansie Cronje, the 11th greatest South African in 2004.
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