Sport on ANZAC Morning?

ANZAC Day carries a few controversies around it.

Does it glorify war?

Does it celebrate violence?

There are no right or wrong answers here (NOTE: The answer to the above is no).

However, one point of discussion I never thought I would encounter was whether sport should be played on ANZAC Day.

Should sport be played on ANZAC morning? IMAGE: Supplied

But that’s exactly what we ran into last week after the RSL said some parents complained about ANZAC morning sport.

Did I miss something here?

It’s been well established for some time how critical sport is to the ANZAC narrative.

There is much research dedicated to this topic in academia.

In fact, some sports complain that they are not considered part of the ANZAC narrative.

And that’s before we get to the now traditional ANZAC Day games in the NRL and AFL.

But now we have people complaining that sport shouldn’t be played on ANZAC morning because… well, I’m not sure why.

Good Friday is sacred and sport is played on that day.

Christmas Day is sacred and we take cricketers away from their families so they can train and prepare for the Boxing Day Test.

And, without going down the rabbit hole of political discourse, Australia Day sees a full board of Big Bash games each year.

Apparently this is about kids not learning and appreciating the spirit of ANZAC.

Because apparently ANZACs didn’t play amateur sport during the war.

Personally, I can think of no greater tribute to the spirit of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice than by engaging in sport on ANZAC Day given how big a role sport played in the ANZAC legend.

Let them play!

Because if we ban sport on ANZAC Day, why not gambling?

After all, gambling is a vice and we don’t want to make it seem like we’re engaging in such frivolous activity when discussing the war…