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Sportsmanship

proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect in sports

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 GamesEdit

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 sportsmanshipEdit

Select examples of bad sportsmanshipEdit

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

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ReferencesEdit

  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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