Jewish World Review Feb. 28, 2003 / 26 Adar I, 5763
Will sports world soon be awaken to war realities?
As diplomats bicker at the United Nations and the United States
military is preparing for a possible war in Iraq, the toy
department of life, sports, may soon be facing the realities of
the world today.
So far, sports has gone on without much care as to what is
happening in Iraq, but that may end by the middle of next week.
Tiger woods is supposed to be in the field at the European tour
stop in Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates. Woods isn't
exactly certain that as a high profile America he would be safe
in the country on the Arabian Peninsula. If you look at the map,
Dubai isn't very far from Qatar, where Gen. Tommy Franks
will be headquartered if there is a war with Iraq. Nor is Dubai
very far from Kuwait or Iraq.
The sports world is pretty insulated from the real world most
of the time. The exception being the few weeks after the 9-11
attacks. The Dubai Desert Classic starts on March 6 and
could be sports first event that is affected by the possibility of
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.
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