Monday, June 08, 2015

"The Victors"

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." William Arthur Ward.

The last weekend has been an absolute resounding celebration of sporting competitions! Let me start with the underdog, Stanislas Wawrinka. I can bet, you must be wondering 'who is this guy?' if you are not a tennis fan. Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic and wins the French Open title for the first time in his tennis career. After all, it is not very easy living under the shadow of his Swiss compatriot Roger Federer and as Swiss no. 2 player for years. Of course, this is Wawrinka second grand slam but the win against Novak, who is undoubtedly the best tennis player at the moment, is a testimony for all the underdog players. 

The day before Wawrinka defeats Djokovic, on Saturday, Barcelona won their fifth European title after defeating the resolute Juventus by 3-1 in the final match played in Berlin. Barcelona, written off by many football critics and pundits in the mid-season rather because of their manager, Luis Enrique, turmoil relationship with the management and some few players. But in the end, a game of football will never be defined by the people who runs football. And the Barcelona players proved it in the end of the season by winning the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the ultimate European title. It's a treble win in a single season which is no doubt 'a cup of tea' for footballers. 

Finally, on Sunday evening, the Formula 1 poster boy Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix bouncing back from the controversy in Monaco GP when his teammate Nico Rosberg pipped him in the last moment due to Mercedes team strategic fault. The win of Canadian Grand Prix shows the grit, the class, the perseverance and the determination of Lewis Hamilton in spite of the rumors of unrest within the Mercedes F1 team. And he proves to himself and everyone why he is the better driver than Rosberg eventhough they both have the same winning car. No wonder! Hamilton have recently signed the new deal with his current team Mercedes worth a staggering $140 million over the three-year span.

Well, it has been indeed a remarkable week for sporting competitions. And salute to all the players, Djokovic, the Juventus team, Rosberg, Bottas, etc., on the losing side for they put up a great fight and above all for their sportsmanship. 

Food for thought: "I've never lost a game; I just ran out of time." Michael Jordan.

Thank you. Have a great week ahead!

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