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Apr 27 / stcuser4

The Sportsmanship Attitude

Sportsmanship is an attitude that strives for fair play, good manners toward team mates and opponents, ethical behavior and honesty, and grace in losing. Sportsmanship expresses an aspiration or ethos that the movement will be enjoyed for its own sake. The well-known sentiment by sports journalist Grant land Rice that it’s “not that you won or lost but how you played the game,” and the Modern Olympic creed expressed by its founder Pierre de Coubertin: “The most important object is not winning but taking part” are classic expressions of this sentiment. But often the pressures of competition or an obsession with individual achievement as well as the intrusion of technology can all work in opposition to enjoyment and fair play by participants. People answerable for leisure activities often seek recognition and respectability as sports by joining sports federations such as 5 IOC, or by forming their own regulatory body. In this way sports develop from vacation activity to more formal sports: relatively recent newcomers are BMX cycling, snowboarding, and wrestling. Some of these actions have been accepted but uncodified pursuits in various forms for dissimilar lengths of time. Indeed, the formal regulation of sport is a moderately modern and increasing development.

Sportsmanship, within any given game, is how each contestant acts before, during, and after the competition. Not only is it important to have good sportsmanship if one wins, but also if one loses. For example, in football it is measured sportsmanlike to kick the ball out of play to allow treatment for an injured player on the other side. Reciprocally, the other team is predictable to return the ball from the throw-in. Violence in sports involves crossing the line between fair opposition and deliberate aggressive violence. Athletes, coaches, fans, and parents sometimes set free violent behavior on people or property, in misguided shows of loyalty, supremacy, anger, or celebration. Rioting or hooliganism is common and ongoing problems at national and international sporting contests, predominantly football matches.

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