Share these concepts with your children: Follow the rules of the game.It might seem easier to win by doing things a different way (cheating), but everyone has to follow the rules.
A performance these days does not bring joy; only’ success does.
And if a player attaches so much significance to victory can he at the same time embody the real spirit of sports?
For most players today, sportsmanship has secondary importance.
Fairness, generosity, courtesy and decorum have given way to doping, bribing, ball tempering in the case of cricket, widespread drug use, undignified behaviour and abusive and condescending attitude towards fellow players.
Sports make people cross cultural barriers and speak a language that is understood by all.
The World Sports Congress, held in New Delhi, emphasised that sports could play a major role in promoting and propagating peace, provided one understood the spirit of global participation and the philosophy of sports.A game today is not played in the spirit of the game.In order to attain hitherto unattained standards of excellence, the players sometimes resort to ungentlemanly, though not always unlawful behaviour.Sports does not simply involve players, spectators, sports authorities, media, sponsors, in fact each and every group or faction that is even remotely associated with sports is a fundamental part of an event.And all of them, then, are expected to maintain a code of conduct and nurture the sporting spirit. It is a mental or psychological altitude that arouses a sense of fair play.The legendary sporting event where slaves were thrown in the ring to fight hungry lions for the amusement of the Roman emperors are not something very different from the boxing matches where two adults thrash each other’s head into pulp.The nature of spectator involvement is also probably the same.The nobility of a game has been lost, as victory is all that matters and participation in an event is not enough.A game has become a cut-throat competition and Participants from other countries are not fellow sportsmen but rivals.George Orwell, in the modern context, remarked: “Serious sports has nothing to do with fair play.It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence, in other words, it is war minus the shooting.”Violence has always remained a part and parcel of sports.