The sacrifice of the empty stands

first_img“Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Eduardo Galeano wondered.” Take the test. Stand in the middle of the court and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. “The coronavirus will lead to a time of games behind closed doors. With no other remedy nearby, the organizations (UEFA, RFEF, Liga …) prefer to resume without spectators in the stands to not play. “Just as many activities will be restarted in a way that will not be ideal, I understand that the way back to football is without an audience. Without a doubt, it will be rare and melancholic,” says Sacheri. “It would be temporary. Of the sacrifices we make, this is one of the smallest “, endorses Foer.García Montero distrusts this decision: “Soccer brought identity to people when industrial societies generated feelings of anonymity and helplessness. The public as player number 12 should not be absent. “ Landero advocates a less idealistic view: “Business has long been part of the” essence “of football. Why should we be scandalized now to hold games behind closed doors? Let them be held. The essence is in the grass and in the heart of each one “. “Without the push of the public everything will be more predictable” The parenthesis of a football without fans can condition the game. “There were always training players who shrink in games. And others that the public enlarges. In football increasingly controlled by coaches, sometimes, it is the public that takes the player out of this mechanization to the point that the coach, at least for a while, is no longer so relevant. Without their push, everything will be more predictable, “observes Valdano.“The philosophical debate can be interesting and show whether soccer is what we like in itself or is the spectacle that is associated with it. It will be a brutal change,” says Vilas. Forced by circumstances, football will stray from its nature before the final assault on normality.center_img Jorge Valdanolast_img read more

qualia Hamilton Island Tops Off 2012 With Two Additional Accolades

first_imgqualia, Hamilton Island’s luxury resort situated on the edge of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, has enjoyed a multitude of awards in 2012; with two additional accolades announced just this week.On Tuesday evening at the second annualAustralian TravellerReaders’ Choice Awards, qualia was named the Best Resort in Australia. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the only consumer awards for tourism in Australia, with over 1000 Australian Traveller magazine readers nominating their all-time favourite travel destinations and experiences throughout the country. This award comes less than two months after qualia was named the Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in international readers’ choice awards, the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.Hamilton Island’s luxury resort was also this week named in HotelsCombined’s inaugural list of Top 10 Hotels for 2012. With over 350,000 hotels in its global database, HotelsCombined recognises that there is a small handful of properties that continually stand out for their amazing amenities and breathtaking views, leading them to create the inaugural Top 10 Hotels for 2012 list.Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “We have had an incredibly successful year at qualia, and it’s immensely rewarding for the Oatley family and all our staff to receive these esteemed accolades, particularly those voted personally by our guests.’qualia is idyllically located on Hamilton Island’s sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux and Luxury Lodges of Australia, the multi-award winning resort is set amongst native Eucalypts, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea. qualia’s 60 luxurious guest pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. The resort boasts two exclusive bars and restaurants, a private dining room, two infinity-edged pools, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning retreat unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests each year, including the popular Australian Ballet’s ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ performance under the stars, and the Great Barrier Feast gourmet culinary weekends.Guests of qualia also have full access to Hamilton Island’s Yacht Club and marina, and the world-class 18-hole championship golf course on neighbouring Dent Island, accessible via private helicopter direct from qualia or short boat ride.In 2012 alone, qualia has been awarded the following accolades: Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Resort in AustraliaHotelsCombined: Top 10 Hotels for 2012Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania regionUK Condé Nast Traveller Gold List – Best for Leisure Facilities WISH Magazine’s Travel Top 50 – Best Australian Hotel2012 Hotel Management Awards: Best Resort, Best Spa and Best Hotel ChefLuxury Travel magazine Gold List – Best Australian Boutique Property, Villa or LodgeAustralian Gourmet Traveller Magazine – 2012 Travel Awards, Best Spa and Best Australian Island ResortTripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice List 2012: Luxury Hotel’s in Australia, Luxury Hotel’s in the South Pacific, Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Australia and Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the South Pacific Source = qualialast_img read more