Sporting Life

On-field mics: How much should we intrude into sport?

One day there will be microphones in sneakers, a diver's swimwear, a boxer's glove and in every locker room. You laugh but already there are microphones on the handrails of an Olympic diving board.

Fine, I say. The opera of sport is irresistible and all these sounds - tyre on asphalt, the loud lust of a boxing crowd - comprise the natural background score to the game. John Williams is not required here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'On-field mics: how much should we intrude into sport?'. Print Edition | Subscribe