Scotland are holding a huge sports day in Glasgow and for some reason expect this to be of great interest to people, and for spectators to consist of more than just the parents and teachers of the competitors.
Traditional sports day events such as the egg and spoon race, three-legged race and tug-of-war have been replaced with a load of cycling and running and stuff, and people are being asked to pay for tickets.
“The ‘Commonwealth Games’ has been rammed down our throats for months so I thought I might go along and watch a bit of it given that I don’t have a job at the moment.” said Fiona McGovern, who lives in Glasgow.
“When I looked into it I found out that I needed to have a ticket and that it would cost me at least £15 but would vary depending on what sport I wanted to watch. I asked how much tickets to the sack race were and was told that they don’t have one. The closest thing they had was a one hundred metre running race but it was going to cost me over £100 so I’m going to leave it.”
Others have criticised the length of the event, claiming that Scotland have been over-ambitious in trying to put on a big fancy sports day, even taking over a football stadium when they should have just stuck to one day in a school field.
“If it was just a single day then it wouldn’t be so bad but the events are happening over the space of a week. I don’t know how they expect people to get the time off work to come and watch their kids.” said Wellesley Bolt, whose son Usain is competing in the relay.
“If there was a father and son three-legged race then I might have thrown a sickie to take part, but if I’m not even going to be able to be involved then I’ll not bother. I’ll just tell Usain that daddy has to work that day.”