Sportsmanship

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Sportsmanship is traditional value in sports and competition. It means playing clean and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity.[1]

Sportsmanship is generally understood to include

  • playing fair[1]
  • following the rules of the game[1]
  • respecting the judgment of referees and officials[1]
  • treating opponents with respect[1]

The ideal of sportsmanship argues that "it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game".[2]

Olympic Games[change | change source]

In the context of the Olympic Games, athletes are expected to do their best.[3] Otherwise, they would go against the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger".[4]

Select examples of good sportsmanship[change | change source]

Select examples of bad sportsmanship[change | change source]

In the London Olympics, some athletes attempted to lose their badminton matches,[8] including

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Kidshealth.org, "Sportsmanship"; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  2. Kendrick, Carleton, "Teaching Good Sportsmanship," FamilyEducation.com; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oktavinanda, Pramudya A. "The Olympic Scandal: Sportsmanship Issue or Poor Strategy?" Jakarta Globe (Indonesia). August 3, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  4. Zhu Yuan. "Sportsmanship more important," China Daily (PRC). 3 August 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  5. SportsReference.com (SR/Olympics), "Eugenio Moni"; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  6. "Lemieux's sportsmanship still recognized," Edmonton Journal (Canada). March 13, 2008; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  7. Fencing's Shin Lam offered 'consolation prize' following display of sportsmanship," Independent (UK). 31 July 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  8. Cole, Cam. "Expelled Olympic badminton players win gold for lack of subtlety," National Post (Canada). August 1, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Leicester, John. "Sportsmanship smashed just like a shuttlecock," Peoria Journal Star (US). August 1, 2012; excerpt, "Between the Olympic ideal and the Olympic reality is a trap that eight badminton players fell into at London 2012. They didn’t cheat. Instead, they tried to win — by deliberately trying to lose"; retrieved 2012-8-3.

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