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Fair play is a complex concept that comprises and embodies a number of fundamental values that are not only integral to sport but relevant in everyday life.

Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules such as integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learnt both on and off the field.

What do the fundamental values of fair play mean?
To enjoy the fruits of success, it is not enough to win. Triumph must be measured by absolute fair means, honesty and just play.

For every athlete, playing by the written rules is mandatory, and respecting the unwritten ones is a must. Fair play requires unconditional respect for opponents, fellow players, referees and fans.

Rivalry on the field does not exclude friendship. On the contrary, friendship could grow from noble rivalries.

What about team spirit?

Individuals can be strong on their own, but they are much stronger in a team. Sharing the moment of victory with your team is the ultimate pleasure.

While competing on equal terms is essential in sport. Otherwise, performance cannot be measured properly.

Fair play means not cheating by taking drugs or doping. Anyone who does this ruins the game for everyone else. Just as being honest and having strong moral principles are essential to fair play.

Practicing sport within a sound ethical framework is vitally important if you aim to be a true champion.

To be continued……..

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