NewsDio Desk : Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who breathed his last at the age of 99 was paid homage. Yes, a two-minute silence was observed at Aintree as people from sporting fraternity paid tribute to the legend.
County cricketers in honor of the departed soul observed a two-minute silence by wearing black armbands.
As part of the custom, even flags were flown at half-mast across series of different venues where Wembley including host of nine other county cricket venues bear witness to the same.
Before the Premier League matches to begin their operations, various matches will see the players wear armbands.
As per the official announcement and confirmation coming from Buckingham Palace which said that Duke of Edinburgh had “passed away peacefully” right in Windsor Castle on Friday morning.
The Duke was associated with the Jockey Club as he was an ex president of Marylebone Cricket Club.
The Football Association has expressed its deepest condolences. While there has been similar outpour of condolences from Rugby Football League which also paid homage to the Duke. They also aired an official statement saying that as people who belong to sporting fraternity, they stand united in such an hour of distress where the sporting world has certainly lost a gem.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho who was addressing a press conference when he got the news about the sad news also offered his condolences.
The Portuguese reacted on how he has an utmost respect for the royal family. He further aired on how the death of the legend is a universal loss as everyone has an utmost respect for the man irrespective of the country or language.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club also expressed his opinion
The Duke was fully committed towards ensuring a life which was full of service and commitment and it lasted for more than six decades is naturally a legacy which many generations are going to remember for years to come.
There has certainly been an outpouring of emotions from the widest possible sporting arena. Continuing to the same, even the British Rowing athletes have vowed to wear black ribbons as they are going to take part in the ongoing European Championships. Similarly, there is going to be a minute of silence as the British Para-swimming International Meet which takes place in Sheffield on Friday night.
It is no doubt that the world has lost a legend whose loss certainly can’t be repaired. The offering of condolences from series of different people especially from the sporting world bears testimony to the extent of popularity which the legend has garnered over the period.
Even the “British Olympic family” is very sad and disheartened as to how such a legend has passed and will certainly never return.
Well, everyone has devised its own specific ways and means to air their tribute and pay homage as the nation as well as the whole world is certainly united at such an hour of grief and distress.