I usually avoid inspiration porn, but this one caught my eye because people were talking about fair-play and applauding the player for making the ultimate sacrifice to uphold the sportsman spirit. Yet, I wonder if this was indeed the way to go.
See the article for yourself (I’ve taken a screenshot as I don’t have a perma-link to the article) :
Here’s what I think –
The whole point of competitive sport is to win by making the least number of mistakes! Competitive sport is not about pity. As long as you are doing your best, you deserve to win. Just because someone else makes a mistake, you shouldn’t step down and let them take your spot because you wouldn’t have won if not for that mistake. If that were the case, football players who mistake the goal post to be wider than it is, due to fatigue, should be allowed a goal because it was an ‘honest’ mistake. Cricketers who couldn’t judge the position of the ball due to sunlight, should be allowed to drop catches because they would’ve obviously caught it if not for the sun!
No. The runner who was mistaken about the finish line, did not deserve to win; because he, made a mistake. In a competition, you’re supposed to be at your best at all times. If you slip, you lose. That’s what the game is all about.
The guy who gave up his first place finish out of ‘respect for his competitor’ is an idiot who is setting the wrong example. Doing your best and ignoring the rest is the best example of fair play. Looking out for your competitor is an example of stupid-emotional play.