9.- FAIR PLAY*
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.
- The fundamental values of fair play:
- Fair competition
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.
Competing on equal terms is essential in sport. Otherwise, performance cannot be measured properly.
- Sport without doping
Fair play means not cheating by taking drugs or doping. Anyone who does this ruins the game for everyone else.
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.
It is important to support each other and share feelings, aims and dreams. Mutual support brings mutual success on and off the field.
The willingness to accept behaviour or decisions you may not agree with develops your self-control. Ultimately, that could be the deciding factor when it comes to winning or losing.
True champions care about each other as they are well aware that they could not be where they are without having been cared for by others.
How do the fundamental values of fair play contribute to the betterment of the world?
Fair play is not a theory. Fair play is an attitude that manifests itself in behaviour. Whenever we act in the spirit of fair play we contribute to building a peaceful and better world.
*International Fair Play Committee