Give ’em a chance to take a breath or two

Am I the only person who finds it incredibly irritating to see hyperactive sports presenters sticking their mike in the face of athletes/connections just as the action has finished and before they have even had a chance of get their breath back?  It is an extremely annoying modern practice that has crept into sport over the last few years and seemingly reflects the modern obsession with instant gratification.  It is as though the sports broadcasters think the viewing public cannot be expected to wait even five minutes to be told how the protagonists felt about it all.

Now, I love Clare Balding.  I think she is a great presenter, but what was the point of her thrusting her mike under the nose of mud splattered winning jockey David Mullins, just seconds after he had won a thrilling Grand National, while he was still struggling to get his breath back after his exertions?  I find it always helps if the people being interviewed have sufficient oxygen in their lungs when they are attempting to speak.

Likewise, her subsequent accosting of emotional winning trainer, Mouse Morris, was equally awkward to witness since he had been afforded barely a moment to comprehend his momentous victory before he was unceremoniously buttonholed.  Given the added context of having lost his son only a year ago, he was, unsurprisingly, reluctant, and unable, to articulate his feelings on live national TV.  Far from enhancing the experience it made for very uncomfortable viewing, and one longed for him to be left alone while he recovered and took in what had happened.

So, sports broadcasters, how about giving our industrious sportspeople a few precious moments, post-event, to get their breath back, digest the action and celebrate or commiserate with their loved ones?  Then, perhaps, we could get the coherent and articulate interviews that would help enhance the viewing experience for sports fans.

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