Make room for the Geriatrics

There will always be arguments in sport as in the public and private sectors, about retirement. Already there are questions being raised as to whether 2007 Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, who now heads the Astana team, will stay with the team once Lance Armstrong suits up. The reason is quite simple. Contador has been the team leader and has been successful at doing so. Armstrong is the greatest ever and once he joins Astana it is unlikely that he would wish the team to be more supportive of Contador than himself. He has already acknowledged that his aim is to win the Tour de France an eight occasion. This can only be achieved with the full compliance of Astana – the entire team.
Once older athletes return to the scene there is always displacement of younger ones who were looking for their own opportunities to rise to stardom.
There is always much debate on whether the younger ones should be given the nod over those whom many would claim have been tried and tested.
Some suggest that the young ones must earn their place and not be handed a golden spoon.
To be fair the experiences of the different sports may well determine the best course of action to be pursue
d in this matter. It would seem unfair to have one athlete who is running a slower time or jumping farther replace one who is doing appreciably better, regardless of age. The same principle may apply in the case of Tennis and Table Tennis. In some team sports like football where players have to work together to make the team work best it is necessary that the players gel well and while there would always be a need to blend experience with youth and skill it is always important to have the best possible combination for success.
Still, when one retires it is normally the case that others would readily expect to move up and take their rightful places in the rankings, claiming a share in the spotlight. When people un-retire all of this changes and it certainly makes for bad blood in many instances.