The horns need to go.

Posted: June 12, 2010 in soccer, Sports, World Issues
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Vuvuzela

vuvuzela, sometimes called a “lepatata” (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one metre in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. A similar instrument (known as corneta in Brazil and Latin American countries) is used by football (soccer) fans in South America.

Vuvuzelas have been controversial. They have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss, a possible safety risk when spectators can’t hear evacuation announcements, potentially spreading colds and flu germs on a greater scale than coughing or shouting. Commentators have described the sound as “annoying” and compared it with “a stampede of noisy elephants”, “a deafening swarm of locusts,” “a goat on the way to slaughter”and “a giant hive full of very angry bees.”

– Wikipedia.

I’m all for tradition. I have great respect for South Africa, and every other country along with their traditions. But anyone who is anyone is watching the World Cup. And these people are getting headaches watching the games. It’s extremely painful to know that you have to watch the greatest sports tournament in the World while hearing a constant sound that is similar to that of having a bee’s nest inside of your head. It’s constant. They all have one. It doesn’t end. It’s absolutely incongruous.

If FIFA can’t legitametly ban these horns, then they can at least side step it and ban it for health concerns. Not only can vuvuzelas cause hearing damage, they also cause bad bruising of the lips. If that’s not bad enough, vuvuzelas are commonly shared with everyone. They are passed around like a hot potato. They also spread diseases through the air from the spit that comes out of the horn. I think the Dutch had the right idea when they banned these horns from their practices.

You be the judge.

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