Sporting Life

Sporting Life: Volunteers are unseen, uncelebrated and unparalleled

Romain Grosjean (left) of the Haas F1 Team presenting a gift to officials at Bahrain International Circuit near Manama, Bahrain, on Dec 3, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A camera watches as a French driver thanks a Bahraini stranger for saving his life. "You were the man that crossed the road?" he asks and then wraps his bandaged hands in gratitude around a masked volunteer. Romain Grosjean is meeting Ali Taher four days after the marshal with his extinguisher helped rescue him from a burning car.

Both men were doing their duty before disaster connected them. One a driver, the other a marshal. One famous, the other unknown. Both without whom sport cannot function. One the heart, the other the backbone.

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