Third Man in the Ring: The Referee
September 21, 2008 12:47am CST
In most competitive sports, usually being done inside a ring, there is an official who watches a game or a match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to by the participants. The referee. The referee most probably has that great responsibility to judge the things that are going on within a match. His decision to interfere would probably determine whether one of the participants could box again or his hesitation might lead to more serious consequences, perhaps rendering an athlete incapable of doing their sport for the rest of their lives. Of course, with such responsibility, they are also at risk when they are in the ring and officiating. They might get hit along their duty that would also render them incapable of doing their duty. Suppose they also work out to catch up with the competitors endurance? One of the possible things that I could think of that boxing referees have to know aside from the rules to implement and to call off a match when things look grim for one of the boxers would be to know the language of the boxers who would be fighting. I mean, yeah that's obvious but, if perhaps the ref didn't know the language of a particular boxer, he might have to dive in to interfere a match and then gets a lucky punch from one of the boxers... of course, they'll just have to know the language of the boxers participating.. then again, who knows that more nationalities participate? More languages for the ref to learn?
21 Sep 08
Hiya! Id have to say that there is always a 'third man' in everything. In the ring, like you have mentioned, its the referee. He does call the shots and what he says would be the official decision regardless of what the cameras and audience might see otherwise. Good thing there are the judges also. Only problem with this is that when the judges are more particular of one of the boxers than the other. There might also be political biases like pleasing the crowds and promoters more than who actually deserved to win. Anyway, back to the referees, they do decide if the match will still continue, or if the boxers still seem to be fit to fight but I dont think they render an athlete incapable of doing their sport for the rest of their lives. That would be the doctors' decision or the athlete himself Risks, yeah definitely, somehow like playing dodgeball. Being able to get close to see the action but be at a distance just enough to avoid being hit. Work out? I guess but that would depend on the referee's preference and health regimen. Language?really?what for? Words arent usually used when fighting in the ring. Perhaps when they do get hit or get a hit they can utter their pain or pleasure, but those are usually just syllables. No need to learn the boxers native language for that..right?
22 Sep 08
Racism, yeah that definitely puts a mark. Ah, you meant it like that. I mean yeah, they do have the decision if the fighters are still capable of fighting. Its kinda like having authority over everything especially the fighters' lives, isnt it? Most but not all though..still it just depends on the individual. "Running" sports, the coaches doesnt need to run with the players but I cant say the same for the referees though Well, they might not need to know the native language of the boxers. It might look different to some. I mean, in the situation that you've given, if the referee says 'commands' in one native language and also not say that on the other boxers native language, wouldnt some take offense? Guess maybe its more appropriate if the referee and the boxers know a common language You're welcome.^_^
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21 Jun 09
I guess refs get taught to speak appropriate language used in fights but, not so much when it comes to natural conversations.. as if they would with the fighters that they mostly break apart whenever they clinch or raise their hands if ever they become the winner of the match.. only needs to say what they need to say, I guess.