History: At the time of the first sporting events, during the Olympics of ancient Greece, athletes were expected to demonstrate their sportsmanship, among other things, by honorably recognizing the superiority of an opponent in defeat. Later, in the Middle Ages knights' tournaments were governed by a code based on the loyalty and honesty of the participants. Closer to home, in the last century, England favored a sporting practice based on gentlemanhood and fair play, that is, respect for written and unwritten rules. The Frenchman, Pierre De Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games, was keen to associate honor, loyalty, respect for others and himself with the Olympism. A series of attitudes usually associated with sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship is a difficult concept to grasp. We recognize certain dimensions: loyalty, honesty, acceptance of rules, respect for others and of oneself, equal opportunities ... All elements associated with the idea of sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship manifests itself in:
- Concern for the rules;
- Respect for the official and acceptance of decisions;
- Respect for the adversary;
- Concern for fairness;
- The maintenance of our dignity.