The political tensions amongst different nations and the problems that arise from the money making exercise in the wake of the advertising rights and so on have only brought unethical attention towards the sporting arenas. The players barring their respective performances have gone behind whereas their off-field activities have come to the fore. Now a player is judged with regards to his/her marketing value rather than the antics that he/she displays on the field. A few glaring examples of such players include Harbhajan Singh, Andrew Symonds, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif in Cricket; Zinedine Zidane and Christiano Ronaldo in Soccer, Michael Schumacher in Formula 1 Racing, Sania Mirza and Anna Kournikova in Tennis and so on.
Apart from these issues, one subject that has raised a lot of media flak in recent years has been the racist angle that has made its way in the sporting arena and for all the wrong reasons. Racial discrimination has been happening in the stadia and fields by the fans, the players and just about everyone which has made the whole sporting agenda seem like a bizarre activity. Ethical considerations have gone beyond what sport teaches to one and all and unethical and immoral means have been taught to one and all, though in an indirect capacity. It looks like as if people have forgot what ethical considerations meant and stood for in the olden times when it was considered more appropriate to associate one’s own self with sport to mend ways. Now it is the exact opposite.