World Cup Horn
The sound of the World Cup horn, or vuvuzela horn mimics that of a swarm of bees and this vuvuzela horn has been the only sound heard at the World Cup 2010. Tens of thousands of South African fans have taken them to games and blown the World Cup horn as loudly as they can for the entire match.
World Cup Horn
However what was just an annoying din has now escalated into a health threat with authorities and specialists claiming that prolonged exposure to the noise emitted from the World Cup horn could result in hearing loss and in some cases deafness.
To illustrate their point about the World Cup horn, they tested its output and found that the vuvuzela emits a noise at 127 decibels. This shockingly is louder than a drum, 122 decibels, and the ref’s whistle, 121.8 decibels. A 10 decibel increase in sound means that a 127 decibel noise is twice as loud as a 117 decibel sound. Local fans have been blowing these tuneless horns mercilessly since the tournament began and has caused no end of irritation to viewers and fans.
There have been petitions to FIFA from authorities but everyone’s favourite head Sepp Blatter refused to ban the World Cup horn on account of its traditional ties to South Africa. However players similarly are not amused and have complained that the racket completely puts them off their game. One solution would be for World Cup broadcasters to simply transmit the audio from their commentators only and omit crowd noise all together.
In a blow to right-thinking people the world over one of the principal World Cup organisers, Rich Mkhonda has gone on record stating, “Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned. Their history is ingrained in the history of South Africa.” This was issued after World Cup organising committee chairman Danny Jordaan said that a ban on vuvuzelas inside stadiums was under consideration. Rich Mkhonda went on to add, “If you go back in history, vuvuzelas emanate from the horns used by our forefathers to call meetings. It’s a way for fans to express themselves, and not just football fans. rugby fans embraced the vuvuzela at the recent Super 14 and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they are used in cricket in the future.”
For fans the world over, it would appear that the World Cup horn is ruining any enjoyment whatsoever from watching the game. There is no atmosphere at all, with singing, chanting and cheering all totally drowned out. Commentators have pondered whether fans in South Africa should throw their vuvuzelas onto the pitch to have it banned by FIFA as a threat to the players.