I came upon Ivan's article and I felt like I was reading my own text. I totally agree with him, completely, absolutely! That's why I translated it to Polish [t.n. and now to English too] and I invite all of you to read. ()
Why am I against trash talking in armwrestling?
It's just my thoughts on this topic, I'm not claiming this is the ultimate truth. Treat it protectionally, like an old man's grunting; an old man from the Soviet times when the most thing about sports was the respect for your opponent. I understand that trash talking is a way of advertising and a way of makikg many. But there are many ways of making money, ways that don't always fit in our inner barriers.
Despite the world's faultiness I would like to believe that sport is the part of it that we build ourselves by following the rules of honor, fairness and respect. It's the only world where people become better on purpose, both physically and mentally. Is it naïve?
I won't argue. And even if sport is not foreign to intrigues and dirty talk of any sort, I would like for the really big (figuratively big) athletes to stay away from them. And about the argument that “you can't sell a duel without trash talking”, of course I understand everything, but I also remember Fedor Emelianenko's words:
“I understand the people who are trying to bring attention to a duel with aggressive speech, and who want to intrigue the public with them. Personally, I don't pay much attention to it, I'm not going to scream at the top of my lungs to catch the attention of a few more spectators.