Extreme sports, such as snowboarding and mountain climbing, are gaining popularity all over the world.
Responsible authorities advocate banning high-risk sports due to their potential for causing life-threatening injuries or even death.
However, many organizations argue that athletes should have an open choice to play their desired games. Everyone possesses unique strengths and deserves an opportunity to prove themselves; however, safety precautions must take priority.
Put an End to Life-threatening Games
Considering the unnecessarily high risks and costs to human life, extreme sports should be banned.
No victory is greater than the cost of life. Moreover, not only does it put one’s life on stake, it can even cause serious life-time injuries, putting a burden on the athlete’s family. Therefore, it is often thought by some that putting a ban on it could save many lives.
A BBC article from 2014 reported that base jumping caused at least 180 deaths, while 197 people died from scuba diving between 1998 and 2009.
Even the smallest mistakes and errors in judgement can lead to tragic consequences when taking part in high-risk sports. Society bears the costs of emergency rescue and medical services when someone has an accident. The damage and financial loss could be prevented by avoiding extreme sports.
Furthermore, the ongoing medical costs can be staggering and lifelong in the most severe cases of spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.
Banning Life-endangering Games is Not a Solution
On the other side, it is argued by many that banning life-endangering games is not a solution. A sportsperson must be given the chance to consider their options. Banning means not allowing a player to show their capabilities, and this would be unjust to them. High-risk sports, for example, car racing, bike racing, surfing, or boxing, could be a life-changing career for many, and prohibiting them from indulging in them could be a huge obstacle to achieving their goals.
Moreover, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and people can only know them if they are given a chance to explore. Putting restrictions in place would deprive the world of truly deserving individuals who can showcase their talent in the form of high-risk, challenging activities. While it is important to allow the athlete to meet their goals, safety precautions must also be given primary consideration. This can include maintaining relevant and on-the-spot emergency precautions, a sports safety equipment set, and relevant training.
However, it is important to note that freedom has its limits. It must not override the freedom, rights, and well-being of society as a whole.
When your freedom endangers or disturbs others, you have no right to exercise your freedom against the safety and security of other individuals.
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