Client news   |    September 27th, 2021


It is difficult sometimes to understand why the public take a sportsman or sportswoman to their hearts and why they don’t. The media play an important role in painting a picture of the personality of the individual and as I have said previously the constant references to comments made by Andy Murray about the England football team when he was a teenager have followed him in a negative way throughout all of his magnificent career.

At the weekend there was another brilliant sporting achievement but the coverage of it has in no way mirrored the coverage of Emma Raducanu’s sensational tennis victory in the US Open for example. Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Russian Grand Prix marked his 100th race win in Formula 1, making him the first driver in history to reach that number.

Hamilton won his first race back in 2007 so he has stayed at the top of his sport for an amazing 14 years. To keep the level of motivation required at the top of a sport for so long depicts a great mental inner strength and great skill. With just 6 races to go, Hamilton now leads the Formula 1 Championship by 2 points, and he is no mood to relinquish his title.

One man who did relinquish his titles over the weekend was Anthony Joshua. It was a great sporting occasion at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium with an incredible atmosphere. I watched it live and from the first minute Oleksandr Usyk outboxed Joshua, but these things happen in sport and Joshua will need to find the same inner strength as Hamilton if he is to rise to the top again. There is a contractual right for a re-match bout, and I am sure Joshua will approach the second fight with different tactics. Assuming he resurrects his career that will lead to the long-awaited showdown with Tyson Fury in 2022.

The weekend ended on another low note when the USA inflicted a heavy defeat on Europe with a crushing 19-9 victory and so many of the Europeans failed to bring their A game with them. If that wasn’t bad enough, watching my team Charlton on Saturday was not easy on the eye and particularly in the first half of their League 1 match against Portsmouth and they are struggling at present to find any sort of form. I know the supporters are very frustrated with the team as they naturally share the owner’s passion to be successful and they are currently in one of the relegation places and only Orient are below them in the London team rankings. As a fan, I share their frustration but singing songs about how bad they feel the team is will only serve to further demoralise the players and I would urge them not to do it.

I have seen at first-hand what can happen when Charlton fans are behind their team. Be it the EFL Championship Play Off Final win in 1998, the EFL Championship title win in 2000, the Premier League years and then the EFL League One title win in 2012 the fans lifted the team to achieve success, and nobody should lose sight of that. If the fans give up on the team there is generally no positive outcome.

Image – BBC Sport.

Peter Varney - Chairman, Integral Sports Management.

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