Debate on Aggression and Sledging are an Essential Part of Sports

Aggression and sledging are an essential part of sports. Write a debate in 150-200 words either for or against the motion. You are Shivam/Shivani.

Aggression and Sledging are an Essential Part of Sports

Honourable jury members, respected teachers and my dear friends. Good morning everyone. I, Shivani stand before you to speak on the topic ‘Aggression and sledging are an essential part of sports’, and I am going to speak against it. First, we should understand what sledging is? In sport, “sledging” or “taunting” describes the practice of using insulting, intimidating or provocative language or behaviour against an opponent to try and gain a competitive advantage.

Is this justified way to win a game? I strongly feel that aggression and sledging are not essential part of sports. Sports are meant to test one’s physical and mental endurance; their purpose is not to incite people to get involved in brawls or altercations leading to scuffles. My opponents call sledging legitimate, but I hereby submit that people who become aggressive and start sledging are those who don’t understand the spirit of sports and sportsmanship. If one has to win a game, one must do it by the dint of their skill or excellence in performance. So for me, sledging is nothing but an immoral and vile way to annoy your opponent. My dear friends, I would like to ask whether sledging really add fun to the game? How can anger and aggression be good which leads to altercations, fights and rows? Sledging must aim to be funny, creative, spontaneous and playful, rather than hurtful, serious, insulting, degrading and offensive in order not to corrupt the spirit of sport.

I conclude my speech by reasserting that aggression and sledging are not essential part of sports. They should be avoided by all players. The players, as with any sport, are the role models to the young and as such have to be responsible and accountable for their actions on and off the field. When one team loses, their players might take out frustration in the form of sledging, but there is no need to do so. Everyone must follow some guidelines and have the sensibility to deal with situations in a calm and rational way.

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