March 2, 2010
If this is not a lesson in sportsmanship, … hartwarming. This is a cry for a Nobelprize in sports
March 10, 2013
I have played and coached for many years and have to say that the level of sportsmanship has declined.I believe that once big money is on offer in a sport the level of cheating increases and sportsmanship declines. Witness the disgraceful behaviour at the recent Chelsea v Spurs match. Player on megabucks trying every dirty trick in the book to disrupt the opposition and gain the slightest advantage. A sickening site.
Unfortunately these antics have further reaching effects, especially on youngsters.
I coach mainly 11 to 16 yearolds and, although they all know my policy on cheating and “gamesmanship” I still have to constantly monitor them to make sure they adhere to the laws and spirit of the game.
It should be a given for a participants in any sport to have respect for their opponents and ultimately for themselves.
When did it become ok to ditch sportsmanship and worship at the alter of win at any cost.
Your thoughts appreciated.
March 2, 2010
Share the link with your pupils Roger! This article should go around the globe, but most important (without wanting to pinpoint certain sports) to other sport communities than the badminton community (let’s forget for a minute the London Olympics WD farce). The good in sports deserves more attention in the media than the bad. That we can all see instantly on tele, social media, .. The good though hardly reaches the surface, it is less spectacular I guess (but oh so nobel !). Just my thoughts…
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