We are well into the first week of 2021, a new year, a new decade, a new start. As we bid goodbye to 2020, a year that has been nothing short of a nightmare, we also bid goodbye to a decade that has given some really good memories to the sporting world.
When we at Zlingit did our last team meeting (virtual zoom meeting obviously) of 2020, our sports fanatic team ended up discussing our favourite moments from world sports that happened in the last decade. And we decided what better way to start the new decade than by sharing our favourite sporting memories from the previous decade.
Note: Not all memories mentioned below are sporting memories, some maybe memories off-pitch involving fans, players or teams.
#1 2011 - When a fan lifted the World Cup
2011 was a good start to the decade, especially if you are from one of the commonwealth countries and have grown up on cricket. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup saw the Indian Cricket Team become world champions in front of a packed stadium in their own home and with more than 3 billion watching in front of a screen. The events of the night are still afresh in almost all cricket lovers mind, what holds a special place in our hearts is the gesture by the one and only Sachin Tendulkar when he invited his ardent fan and the unofficial mascot of the Indian team, Sudhir Chaudhary to celebrate the victory with the Indian team in the dressing room. The images from the next morning showed Sudhir holding the world cup trophy along with his idol Sachin Tendulkar, a sight that set the tone for the decade to come.
#2 2012 - Armstrong’s fall from grace
Lance Armstrong’s story up until now wasn’t less than that of a movie, a cancer survivor who put competitive cycling on the map for most people goes on to win 7 Tour de France. He even created Livestrong, a foundation that provides support to people suffering from cancer. He was the American hero, people loved him, his legacy was already built. Until the United States Anti-Doping Association unceremoniously stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport permanently. Lance eventually lost his endorsements from Nike and other sponsors and also most of his fans.
#3 2013 - The year of two Goodbyes