Olympic values: the end does not justify the means

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Title: Olympic values: the end does not justify the means
Authors: Andreu, Eliseo
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación Interdisciplinar en Docencia Universitaria
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Values | Sport | Fair play | Doping | Olympic games | Fraud
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: ANDREU CABRERA, Eliseo. “Olympic values: the end does not justify the means”. Journal of human sport and exercise [en línea]. Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan. 2010), ISSN 1988-5202, pp. 15-23. http://www.jhse.ua.es/index.php/jhse/article/viewArticle/83 [consulta: 26 enero 2010]
Abstract: Well could we shout: Gold for the victor; Zanes for scoundrels! Human beings are capable of the most beautiful acts, yet also the most despicable. Inevitably, this is also true in the world of sport, the history of which includes abundant examples of fair and foul play alike. The social responsibility of athletes who win the olive branch at an international Olympiad is such that those who are touched by the gods must consider every move they make in life. The repercussions on young athletes of their human and sporting actions are so great, they can change the course of people’s lives. This is why society must think carefully about everything it does, from journalism, the fourth estate, to those leaders in education who desire a more dignified future, free of corruption. When the rules of play are broken, anywhere on the planet, humans take a step back in their evolution. Respect for the rules of the game in sport means respect for the rules of living together, respect for oneself and for one’s neighbour. Education and sport should be synonyms, and sport and corruption incompatible. Adult athletes who have embraced doping are unlikely to change their ways, but the pedagogues and educators of today play a crucial role in transmitting the Olympic values of fair play. Investing in education is the best antidote to human corruption in all walks of life.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/13102
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.4100/jhse.2010.51.03
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1
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