Thirsty Pitches

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By Kaamil Adams

This article is exclusive to the online Edition 1 of VARSITY Newspaper. 

 

Cape Town’s drought has affected and changed our lives in noticeable ways; one of the most obvious being sports participation.

Image by Aaliyah Ahmed

The reliance on water in sport has been completely challenged. When the soil is dry, water cannot quench its thirst after matches or workouts. Along with this, showers to clean ourselves afterwards are not exactly encouraged.

I must admit that I did not realize how unpleasant the journey home from the gym would be with a sweaty shirt and a dried-sweat-covered forehead.

I could go on about how this drought has affected participation in individual sports, but my concerns in this article are teams and their overall performances.

A good example of a team being impacted by the drought is the rugby team. The rugby fields are in a noticeably bad shape seen all the way from Jammie steps. The dry and sandy state is an obvious indication of the lack of water. The FNB Varsity Cup is a well-organised, funded, and supported event which relies on universities and their staff to maintain and secure suitable venues for all their home games. UCT’s failure in this regard places event managers and organisers under pressure as they cannot proceed with their usual arrangements. Naturally, UCT could host games on alternative playing grounds. However, this defeats the purpose of home ground advantage, which in turn puts pressure on coaching and management staff, and subsequently, on the players.

The Ikeys Tigers are not the only ones affected by this drought. Almost every sports team, at individual or societal levels, has been limited in their abilities to play their sports this year.

However, as much as dry sports fields and being sweaty from the gym are frustrating, it is a small price to pay to reduce Cape Town’s water usage.

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