Sportsmanship facts for kids
Sportsmanship is traditional value in sports and competition. It means playing clean and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity.
Sportsmanship is generally understood to include
- playing fair
- following the rules of the game
- respecting the judgment of referees and officials
- treating opponents with respect
The ideal of sportsmanship argues that "it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game".
In the context of the Olympic Games, athletes are expected to do their best. Otherwise, they would go against the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger".
Select examples of good sportsmanship
- Eugenio Monti in the bobsleigh at the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck
- Lawrence Lemieux in sailing at the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul
- Shin Lam in fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics at London
Select examples of bad sportsmanship
In the London Olympics, some athletes attempted to lose their badminton matches, including
- Tian Qing, Zhao Yunlei, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China
- Jung Kyung-eun, Kim Ha-na, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung of South Korea
- Greysia Polii and Meilana Jauhari of Indonesiaз
Sportsmanship Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.