Sports requires great athleticism but it also demands unparalleled strategy. Whether athletes are on the field, in the pool, in the ring or on the court, whether they’re with a team, with a partner or all alone, they need a game plan in order to win.
Athletes are, by nature, creatures of habit. We like to work out certain ways, at certain times, in certain places. We have pre-competition routines we like to follow in order to reach what we feel will be the best possible outcome. And we like to play in the same locations, in and on facilities where we feel comfortable.
In browsing photos for use with an article in this issue, I came across a series of shots taken at a boxing match. One athlete was getting pounded mercilessly by his opponent but each shot showed him fighting his way upright and charging back toward the center of the ring. It was an action that in every way, mirrors our experiences...
“Be prepared to overcome obstacles.” It’s probably the best advice I ever got, and it came from a race director who was in favor of advance planning, since as he said, things will always happen on race day, and the more you’ve done in advance, the better off you’ll be.
There's not a lot of news that comes out about the sports tourism industry that makes me upset. At this point, however, I'm really upset about what I see as a boneheaded move on the part of the IOC. The omission of wrestling from future Olympics is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the most boneheaded moves I have ever seen. Not that I like to point fingers or anything.
We're starting a new year, and health clubs are filling up with what has become known as 'the resolution crowd.' A lot of resolutions have to do with people making a commitment to a new and healthful trend in their lives. And when it comes right down to it, the landscape of sports is all about keeping tabs on emerging trends. In fact, we've dedicated this issue of Sports Destination Management to what we see as some of those important changes.