I've just seen a video of two guys approaching an armwrestling table, seemingly to armwrestle. No! First, they talk a little and then one hits the other in the face with a soda can. Then the fiasco continues, someone stops it and that's the end. ()
No! That wasn't the end! It went viral and was connected to the search word "armwrestling" for the longest time!
No matter where and who planned and executed this. What matters is that it ruined the image of our sport for many people for years. All the work of national and international federations, clubs, trainers and armwrestling people went down the drain. The same happened to the image of armwrestling as a "normal" combat sport, a sport that allows people of all ages to participate, especially the disabled people. People who see armwrestling as more than a sport.
How hard we had to work to turn the tables and show armwrestling as more than a "bar sport" that's associated with alcohol and fights, show armwrestling as a regular sport, with Olympic perspectives as well...
Then someone, doesn't matter who - hits their rival in the face and shows it to the world.
Now, I'm writing to those of you who can't be fooled by the trash-talk and media plays. Let's think together...
If a small subject, let's say, with close to no recognition, does something shocking, their popularity grows and they can feel it immediately. It sometimes happens that some benefits come from it, too. If an actess, previously relatively unknown, suffers from a wardrobe malfunction on the red carpet, she's almost sure to receive lots of media coverage and offers. It happens to people, organizations, events, including sport. If a figure skater flips the judges off in their programme, they definitely won't score high but the world will know about them.