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Society needs to tackle racism: Michael Holding

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Former West Indies fast bowling great Michael Holding feels that rules on racism in sports are just a plaster on the sore and it won’t be effective until society tackles it.

The Jamaican cricketer, who participated on an Instagram session, put forth his opinion on the ongoing demonstrations against racism.

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Holding during the chat insisted that the society needs to tackle the issue of racism, only then it could be abolished completely.

You have to tackle it from the society itself

Micheal Holding said it’s the society that goes to grounds and passes racist remarks on players, thus making the rules strong will not be enough.

“You will get racism, people will shout things at cricket grounds, football grounds, wherever, you can’t stamp out racism by tackling individual sports, you have to tackle the society,” said Michael Holding on the show.

“It is the people from the society who go to these grounds and shout racist slogans or racist abuse at people. You have to tackle it from the society itself, not the sport,” the Jamaican player added.

The rules are just ‘plaster on sore’

The player, who took 249 wicket in 60 Test he played, accepted that sports should have the rule against racism but maintained that the society needs to term these behavior unacceptable.

“Fine, sports can have their rules and regulations under which you enter the ground, that’s just a plaster on the sore.”

“The people in the society have got to understand that it is unacceptable, and when you tackle it in the society itself, it will not spill over in sport,” he added.

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