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Tuesday 05-Apr-2016
紳士球

英國人超喜歡做運動。對於體育活動異常的執著,令他們創意大爆發,自行研發了一些令人摸不著頭腦,卻又很多人熱情參與的運動。



尤其是做學生讀書時,越傳統的學校,反而有越多新奇有趣的運動讓學生嘗試。Rugby、足球網球之類是主流運動,而非主流的運動亦很多。



例如板球(Cricket)。這種運動已經算是少眾之中的大眾,香港也有三C會作為Cricket的代表。板球實際上和棒球(Baseball)有類似的地方,整體上都是投球手和擊球手之間的對決,也要跑壘。但這種運動的特別之處,在於比起棒球複雜很多。除了有著四十二條規則,光是讓擊球手出局的方法就有十種。對於比賽條件也有極高要求,下雨天、陰天等等的日子會影響球手表現,比賽就要中止,換言之,在天氣少見放晴的英國,一場板球動輒用上數天來完成…(所以比賽期間也有午飯時間提供)。



說起高貴的運動,不少人即時想起高爾夫。除了是運動比賽,也是交際應酬傾生意的好地方。但原來,馬球(Polo)也是高貴運動的代表角色。這種貴族運動的起源眾說紛云,但肯定的是,歷史上,馬球的雛形曾在中國、英國、伊朗、印度等皇室出現過,可見各地貴族做運動也不會冷落他們的駿馬。規則很簡單,基本上就是騎在馬上打曲棍球,用棍子把球擊進網。不少文獻指出,馬球的目的在於訓練皇室成員的集中力、策略、思想和「人馬合一」,是作為皇室人員不可少的元素。而最特別的,馬球是全世界最貴的運動,光是參加一場國際賽就隨時要花上百萬。所以,如果你讀的學校有馬球運動,請好好珍惜,這種運動到你「玩得起」的時候也未必捨得…



而我最喜歡的,一定是蘇格蘭代表-冰壺(Curling)。冰壺可以說是冰上曲棍球、射箭和保齡球的合體,主力球員將球推向目標圓心,旁邊的第二第三隊員在滑翔中的冰壺前不停用刷子刷地板,配合團員和主力的大叫,控制冰壺的速度。當你看見兩名選手在壺前瘋狂刷地,多認真的運動也難免令人咀角上揚失笑…文字描述未必夠傳神,我特別找來了一段影(按此)給大家看。



英國人的紳士精神,也許很多人會覺得是溫文爾雅的談吐、賓賓有禮的舉止、穿起西裝骨骨的外表。實際上,更深入的紳士精神,在於可能是小眾的運動、或是動作看來諧趣的運動,他們都盡全力完成,堅持一種堅毅精神。那種信念和不理旁人眼光的自信,和美酒一樣,都是靠時間才能浸淫出來的佳釀。



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