You’re watching TV. You’re looking at your favorite foreign boxer, Manny Pacquiao, who just KO’d another title contender. With a bloodied face and a dislocated nose, the opponent is left uncoordinated from the dizzying blows he’s received. You rise from your seat and scream in victory with your idolized athlete. And then, after the initial cheers and congratulations, it’s time for the interview.
The interviewer asks, “So Manny, what can you tell us about your fight?” Manny replies, “I’m…ahh…I’m excited about the fight. Your favorite champion stutters and speaks in English you don’t understand.” >
You are disappointed and your trust and admiration for him is diminishing. In fact, the English language dominates the world of sports in news, statistics, interviews and reports. These are the reasons why learning the English language is important for sport. Athlete: As an athlete grows in success and fame, they are more confronted with fans from different countries and also with different nationalities worldwide. Since English is the most widely spoken language in the world, being able to express himself in easily understood English allows the athlete to communicate more effectively with fans.
You can also reach more people, express your passion and even educate listeners through your experiences. Good knowledge of English enables an athlete to communicate better with their team and coaches. It is not uncommon for athletes who are not native speakers of English to have coaches and executive or promotional staff who are native speakers of English. Learning English gives athletes more opportunities to make money through advertising. Most international companies like Nike use
English as their medium for ads.
It is common for them to accept international athletes for their ads; sometimes they require these non-native English speakers to speak a few lines to promote their products. A good command of English, or at least a passable accent, makes the athlete and the product he is promoting more sellable. It will be difficult to buy sports drinks from an athlete who can’t even pronounce the product properly. It makes traveling and staying in other countries more pleasant and comfortable.
It’s quite difficult and a bit tiring to have a translator who follows you all the time. You also cannot speak directly to your organizers and business partners. You may be missing important details that your translator may not have included in their translation. Therefore, athletes not only need to excel in the sports they practice; Adding good English to your repertoire may not increase your level of athletic performance. Fame, marketability to the public and the satisfaction of their fans who want to get to know them better.