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Don’t Bother Ref (With The TMO) – I Dropped It
Last weekend Saracens were away to Harlequins at the Stoop. Stadium. After about 20 minutes with the score at 3-3, there was a ruck close to the ‘Quins’ line and England rugby superstar, Billy Vunipola, having gathered the ball, instead of taking the usual route around the side of the ruck, chose to dive over the top of the bodies involved and seemed to touch down and score a try.
rugby ball
Rugby – a game for hooligans, played by gentlemen
The referee and the touch judges couldn’t see from the touchline. So, Luke Pearce, the ref, made the signal for the TMO to help with the decision.
“Don’t bother, ref, I dropped it” says Billy Vunipola
“Thank you, No. 8” says Luke Pearce and signals for the drop-out (restart without any try being scored).
A simple and brief conversation but refreshing to hear.
In the 2nd half  Vunipola did score a try and Saracens won the game 25-20. Vunipola got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his all-round play but hopefully, his first half gesture had been noticed.
In an era where cricketers, when at bat, do not walk, and when in the field, appeal everything, where footballers dive weekly, where tennis players argue every ball whether ‘in’ or ‘out’,  it is gratifying to notice that for a brief moment on a rainy, windy day, on a rugby pitch in South West London, ‘Sportsmanship’ had returned.
Congrats Billy Vunipola.  Thanks to Des O’Brien for alerting me & Don/Robbo for paraphrasing the Royal blackheathrugby.co.uk  newsletter article ‘Cometh the Hour, cometh the Man (of the Match)’ (apparently this was forwarded from an unknown source at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Thank you brothers for highlighting this inspirational story.
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Partner link: England Rugby Star Steals Show With Act Of Honesty

Don’t Bother Ref (With The TMO) – I Dropped It
Last weekend Saracens were away to Harlequins at the Stoop. Stadium. After about 20 minutes with the score at 3-3, there was a ruck close to the ‘Quins’ line and England rugby superstar, Billy Vunipola, having gathered the ball, instead of taking the usual route around the side of the ruck, chose to dive over the top of the bodies involved and seemed to touch down and score a try.
rugby ball
Rugby – a game for hooligans, played by gentlemen
The referee and the touch judges couldn’t see from the touchline. So, Luke Pearce, the ref, made the signal for the TMO to help with the decision.
“Don’t bother, ref, I dropped it” says Billy Vunipola
“Thank you, No. 8” says Luke Pearce and signals for the drop-out (restart without any try being scored).
A simple and brief conversation but refreshing to hear.
In the 2nd half  Vunipola did score a try and Saracens won the game 25-20. Vunipola got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his all-round play but hopefully, his first half gesture had been noticed.
In an era where cricketers, when at bat, do not walk, and when in the field, appeal everything, where footballers dive weekly, where tennis players argue every ball whether ‘in’ or ‘out’,  it is gratifying to notice that for a brief moment on a rainy, windy day, on a rugby pitch in South West London, ‘Sportsmanship’ had returned.
Congrats Billy Vunipola.  Thanks to Des O’Brien for alerting me & Don/Robbo for paraphrasing the Royal blackheathrugby.co.uk  newsletter article ‘Cometh the Hour, cometh the Man (of the Match)’ (apparently this was forwarded from an unknown source at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Thank you brothers for highlighting this inspirational story.
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Partner link: English and Russian Heavyweight Boxers’ Total Respect

The defeated Russian heavyweight boxer, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was a knock on the door……

Thinking about what might have been, the courageous Russian fighter looked up and saw his victor and former opponent, Anthony Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian with courtesy, looked him in the eye and said “Respect!”.

From the very first bell these two excellent fighters showed  huge respect for each other in a very unusual way. Although they battered each other for 7 rounds and with world titles at stake,  they subtly tapped gloves at beginning & end of each round. This is most unusual when the norm is just an initial tap at the beginning and at the very end of a fight. It was wonderful to see.

The Englishman then went on to congratulate the  Russian lad slowly, almost in pigeon English, giving time for the translator to translate and the fighter to understand the compliments that Joshua was paying to his opponent.

Before they went their separate ways, Joshua said he’d like to visit Russia and  Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

The smile on the Russian’s face said it all.

Magical moment.

 

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Partner link: English and Russian Heavyweight Boxers’ Total Respect

The defeated Russian heavyweight boxer, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was a knock on the door……

Thinking about what might have been, the courageous Russian fighter looked up and saw his victor and former opponent, Anthony Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian with courtesy, looked him in the eye and said “Respect!”.

From the very first bell these two excellent fighters showed  huge respect for each other in a very unusual way. Although they battered each other for 7 rounds and with world titles at stake,  they subtly tapped gloves at beginning & end of each round. This is most unusual when the norm is just an initial tap at the beginning and at the very end of a fight. It was wonderful to see.

The Englishman then went on to congratulate the  Russian lad slowly, almost in pigeon English, giving time for the translator to translate and the fighter to understand the compliments that Joshua was paying to his opponent.

Before they went their separate ways, Joshua said he’d like to visit Russia and  Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

The smile on the Russian’s face said it all.

Magical moment.

 

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Partner link: NatWest 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Yes folks, it’s here again the wonderful 6 Nations Rugby feast. Here are your essentials: dates, KO times, location + can you remember who beat whom in every game last year – test yourself and your friends – then enjoy some rugby Commentator Karioki & speak, with passion, the wonderful Bill McLaren colourful quotes – to rekindle the magic he created. We have 60 of Bill’s Best quotes here .

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Here’s the pdf version of the above document 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures and 2017 Results and Bill McLaren with live links if you prefer this.

 

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2017 (part 2)

Part 1 covered sportsmanship moments number 10 to moment number 6 which included brave little Bradley Lowery, Joe Hart, French rugby and German football fans opening their homes to opposition fans, a subtle, yet magical moment in the US Masters between a Spaniard and an Englishman and a US Baseball moment. Now we’re going to reveal the Top Sportsmanship Moment of 2017 – starting with the 5th best moment.

5. All Blacks v Lions 3rd Test

A fantastic test series amidst an arduous tour of 10 games in 5 weeks – coach, Warren Gatland christened it ‘the suicide tour’. The Lions had 5 wins, 4 defeats and a draw in their bruising 10 match tour. And they somehow drew the test series. So the victory presentation and photos had both teams mixed in together with both captains, Kieran Read and Sam Warburton,   sharing and holding the trophy aloft. Both were smiling.

Kieran Read (wearing his 100th cap cap) & Sam Warbuton - all smiles

Kieran Read (wearing his 100th cap ‘cap’) & Sam Warburton – all smiles

Some might feel a draw was a good result for the Lions and a not-so-good result for the ABs, but the smiles in the photo here say it all – it was a thrilling 3rd and final test.   kiwi captain, Kieran Read, was terrific -he  seemed to realise the battle was over and beamed a genuine sportsmanship smile throughout the whole proceedings, despite some players finding it all a bit awkward (as most of them, if not all of them, have never shared/drawn a test series before).

 

4. Lewis Hamilton Risks Title & Lets Team-Mate Overtake Him   

Lewis Hamilton slowed down at the last bend of the Hungarian GP to allow his Mercedez team mate, Valterri Bottas, to overtake him & take his 3rd place spot, and enjoy a spot on the podium.  That cost Hamilton three points and would ultimately reduce his total score – so come the end of the season, this could have cost him the world championship.

Earlier in the race, Bottas was ordered to allow Hamilton past him so Hamilton could pursue Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.  Hamilton, promised he would give the place back to Bottas if he couldn’t catch the Ferrari duo. He honoured his promise and pulled aside for his team-mate on the final corner of the final lap – despite reducing his score. Many world championships have been lost by less than 3 points but we’re happy to confirm, Hamilton did go on to win the 2017 World Championship.

 

3. Claudio Ranieri Leicester City’s Sacked Manager’s  Honourable Exit Speech,

After being voted coach of the year in 2016 and winning the Premier League  against 5000-1 odds, Leicester City were struggling in 2017 and the manager, Ranieri, was shockingly sacked.  before he left,  he made an honourable and dignified farewell speech – without any bitterness, no vitriol nor vile, just love. Here’s some excerpts from his final, and most beautiful, goodbye speech:

The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.  My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the Club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved. But mostly to the supporters.

You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too.

No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget.

It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champions with all of you.”  Full speech

Ranieri will be forever loved by all Leicester City fans and I think all football fans. Here are some   funny  clips from his video interviews – published by Leicester City FC.

 

 

2. Anthony Joshua’s Classy Tribute to Wladimir Klitschko’

Joshua is a great ambassador for sport. He doesn’t do pre-match bad mouthing the opposition. He treats them with respect, in such a serious and dangerous sport. His first social media message after his epic world title fight against the Ukranian, Wladimir Klitschko: Joshua tweeted to his half-million followers: ‘Styles make fights. Respect @klitschko_official’.

Joshua instagram message of respect to his opponent

After the fight, in front of 90,000 fans in Wembley, Joshua posted a message of respect to his opponent

Klitschko also praised Joshua via social media and in his press interviews. Mutual respect between two top pro’s.

 

1. Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, says ‘Thank You For The Game’ to his victor, Ronnie O’Sullivan

During a World Class Battle – a Star & a Friend-For-Life emerged in early just 3 weeks ago (7 Dec).  A new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship.

Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he just smiled, repeatedly. Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did the post-match interview together. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. And then he thanked Ronnie for the game. So few remember that without an opposition you don’t have a game -hence thanking the opposition is so refreshing to hear.

To see the commentators’ reaction to Sunny & his snooker shots – watch the above video. If you just want to see the wonderful interview between two new lifelong friends – skip forward to 11 mins 20 seconds)

Ronnie said British audiences already love Sunny because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘played with a smile on his face.’ Audiences love that, said Ronnie. They then both bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’   gesture & then briefly spoke Thai to each other whilst wearing great big grins!

Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because a star is born.  Congratulations to Sunny Akino on achieving the number one sportsmanship moment 2017 and to Ronnie for being, well… the wonderfully humble, honest, humorous, friendly and most talented, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Happy New Year To One and All

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Why Does Everyone Love The Smiling Nicola Adams?

Apart from formerly working construction sites and as a tea lady behind the scenes on UK TV’s Coronation Street,  she is Britain’s only boxer to have retained a gold medal in consecutive Olympics. That is a very good reason in itself. But there is something else magical about her. It’ that smile. It’s infectious.

Nicola Adams and her wonderful smile

Nicola Adams and her wonderful smile

 

Greatest Long Distance Runner Always Smiled

A smile adds value to an athlete. People remember stars that smile more than stars that don’t! Here’s Elizabeth Egan,  former head of High Performance Sport, University of East London (and author of  Altitude Training Travel Guide) talking about how a smile adds value to an athlete’s worth.  “It’s interesting the power of a smile & personalities in sport. ……. but if you ask the general public ‘who is the greatest distance runner of all time, they will probably say Haile Gebrselassie  despite the fact that he has lost all 3 of his world records, two of them to his fellow countryman  Kenenisa Bekele”.   Gebrselassie  always had a  big smile. Everybody loved him.

Brazil’s Greatest Footballer Always Smiles  

Ask who was Brazil’s greatest footballer ever and most people will say Pele but in fact, Brazilians will tell you it was Garrincha. But he didn’t have Pele’s smile & friendly style. People remember Pele. Here is that beautiful photograph of Pele and England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore smiling as friends, after their epic 1970 battle. It is such a great photograph, I put it on the cover of my sportsmanship book (the last image at the bottom of the cover). People remember the smile.

Pele and Bobby Moore embrace and smile as life-long friends

Pele and Bobby Moore (the last photograph) embrace and smile as life-long friends

 

 

New Snooker Superstar Plays With A Smile On His Face

Meet Sunny Akino from Thailand. Just 22 years old and he gave the most fantastic snooker performance seen in years, two weeks ago against his hero, the 5 times world champion, 44 year old Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan.  Read the full story here. Sunny continuously smiled and thanked Ronnie for the game and Ronnie (smiling too) says all of Britain loves Sunny because, on top of being a world class snooker player, ‘he played with a smile on his face’.

Watch the post-match interview (11 mins 27 seconds) and/or hear what the commentators say about Sunny

 

Try To Smile As Much As You Can

They used to give medals for poetry in the Olympics. The last gold medal for poetry was awarded in London 1948 Olympic Games.  Here is a 60 second poem about smiling. It should be read out all games and remembered throughout your life. try to remember this invaluable little poem about smiling, narrated by Malcolm Weaving, from the Campaign For Courtesy.

 

So there, you have it. A lifetime Tip – use your smile. it’s an international language and will help you to get more things done, make more friends and oil the wheels of life.  We don’t know who wrote this poem. if you do – please tell us. Or also tell us how a smile helped you – we’d love to hear your story.

If you like this poem, you might also like this other, even shorter,  poem about sportsmanship. It is visually beautiful with amazing ornate graphics & makes a great Christmas gift or birthday present if you print it and frame it. We don’t know who wrote that poem either and have a 9 year ongoing discussion about it. Let us know if you know.

Happy Christmas

Paul

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A Smiling Star Is Born

Last week saw the emergence of a new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship. When the young Sunny Akani (22) dazzled the now 6 times UK Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, we saw a new star in the making. Regarded as one of the greatest snooker players of all time, 42 year old,  Ronnie O’Sullivan was given a master-class by the young Thai snooker star. Previously unheard of (to many) Sunny dazzled the audience with a stunning display of world-class snooker shots.  Commentators said it was breath-taking stuff.  And when he had some bad luck or played the rare poor shot, he smiled. 

 

Ronnie ‘the Rocket’ O’Sullivan

At 42 years old, the Rocket has been winning for quarter of a century and is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport and has been described by many in the sport as a genius (with 5 world titles and now 6 UK Championships, 31 titles in total – second only to Stephen Hendry).  This quarter final proved to be an intense battle – which Ronnie said ‘Sunny should have won.’  A Star & a Friend-For-Life Was Born.

 

 

Watch some of the stunning shots or go straight to 11 minutes 27 seconds to see this amazing interview.

 

A Smiling Star

Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he smiled, repeatedly. O’Sullivan applauded Sunny afterwards and told Sunny that British audiences love players who play ‘with a smile on their face’.

 

Dual Press Interview

Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did a dual interview. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. He then thanked Ronnie for the game. Ronnie wore a beaming smile and looked at Sunny with warmth and great admiration and told the TV audience that  British audiences love Sunny already, because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘plays with a smile on his face’. Audiences love that, said Ronnie.

 

Snooker Table

 

“Thank You For The Game”

When the young Thai thanked Ronnie for the game, Ronnie immediately thanked him for the game also.  Both competitors wore beaming smiles throughout this interview. They then bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’ hand gesture & spoke Thai briefly to each other. Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because, last week, a star was born. remember the name, Sunny Akani.

 

 

 

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When Enemies Become Friends

The British & Irish Lions start their first match in New Zealand, this Saturday. Lions tours are extraordinary, as fierce opponents from four countries come together, train together, play together, party together, tour together – they become friends for life. The Lions is a wonderful tradition. However, their battles overseas in the Southern Hemisphere, have been tough, bloody and some say down right dangerous. Despite the extreme intensity of the battles, there are some wonderful sportsmanship moments. Here are a few from former Lions 1974 , Ireland and Ulster wing forward, Stewart McKinney.

Ostrich Bomb & Thank You Punch

Here’s what happened when the South African giant, Johan de Bruyn met McKinney in an airport after McKinney had hit him ‘very hard’ during their encounter on the pitch……

Stewart also tells the story of de Bruyn’s generosity of spirit in a way that you simply cannot imagine, when the heroic Scottish Lion, Gordon Browne was very very ill. Coming soon……. watch this space………

Good luck to the Lions. 

 

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2016

Well here we are again, having sifted through hundreds of amazing sportsmanship stories, we’ve final got out Top 10 moments and ultimately, the Number 1 Moment from 2016. As always, we’ll do it in reverse order.

 

In 10th Place:   Irish and Swedish Football Fans Dance Together – Euro 2016

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Swedish and Irish fans happily sing Abba together before their big Euro 2016 match

Euro 2016 had some good football and some really great fun between the fans. Jointly singing to the famous Swedish band, Abba, Irish & Swedish fans joined together and had a lot of fun dancing in the sunshine together. Followed by a great game of football (1-1), followed by more dancing, singing and all round fun. THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF FOOTBALL – watch the smiling faces .

In 9th Place: Indian and English Cricket Fans:  Opposition Fans Swap Shirts

English cricket fan swaps shirt with Indian fan

English cricket fan salutes india’s superiority and swaps shirts

Victorious Indian cricket fan swaps shirt with heavily beaten English fan. Just look at all the smiling faces as the Englishman is big enough to acknowledge that India are the top team this time around.  Watch the smiling faces as Indians all around him applaud and smile warmly.

In 8th Place: Fijian Rugby Never Gives Up

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fiji Olympic Heroes. For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics, the Fijian National Anthem was played as the Rugby 7s team stood on the podium and celebrated their first Olympic gold medal. The Fijians have, in my opinion, played the most exciting 15 a side rugby for a long, long time. The ‘voice of rugby’,  Bill McLaren, used to describe the Fijians as the most exciting rugby players in the world. Sadly, New Zealand poach many of their best players which dilutes their chances in the 15 a-side-game. Perhaps this historic Olympic win will help them find a sponsor and to ultimately retain their best players. Many congratulations to the brilliant Fijian rugby nation.
Fiji @fiji Tourism Fiji High Commission of Fiji, London Fiji Rugby Fiji national rugby sevens team Fiji National University (FNU) National Archives of Fiji

 

In 7th Place: British Olympian Loses Crown With Dignity (& Friendship)

Photo of Jessica Ennis-Hill throwing the javlin

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Great Britain’s Jessica Ellis-Hill shows great humbleness in losing her Olympic title to Germany’s brilliant  Nafi Thiam in  #Rio2016Olympics. The young German produced 5 personal bests (out of 7 disciplines) to beat the #London2012 heptathlon champion. Look at the photos and you’ll see Ellis Hill smiling warmly and embracing the young German. What a great champion Jessica Ellis -Hill was – she knew how to win and how to lose – with dignity and warmth.

 

In 6th Place: Athletics: Never Give Up – Even When The Chips Are Down

Former refugee, Britain’s Mo Farah fell over mid race in the 10,000m final in #Rio2016, got up, dusted himself off and went on to win the race and a gold medal.  Mo Farah’s parents were refugees from Mogadishu, Somalia and young Mo found life very difficult in Britain, getting into trouble. Tomorrow, he is being awarded a knighthood by the Queen in Buckingham Palace when the Queen will say ‘Arise Sir Mo’. He already did, bristling with bravery and buckets of courage, he never gave up, even when things went horribly wrong and went on to win gold.

 

In 5th Place: Wise Words From A Baseball Manager:

The Chicago Cubs waited 108 years to win the World Series (baseball). 5 million people showed up to see the victory reception! Even the dinosaurs wore the Cubs shirts.

dinosaur-cubs-b-2016

Their wise coach, Joe Maddon gave some very wise advice to his players as the pressure built. This advice should be shared with all sports people: “Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.”

Don't ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasuree

Wise words from Chicago Cubs Manager

In 4th Place: Magnificent Maori Gesture At Start of Munster Game

A magnificent gesture from the Maori All Blacks before playing Munster when they laid an All Blacks shirt on the ground, in the rain. It had the initials AF on the shirt as a tribute to Munster and Irish Rugby legend, Anthony Foley’s, unexpected death. Listen to the Munster crowd applaud this wonderful gesture. All Blacks teams have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans – as you can see some other amazing moments between these teams.

 

In 3rd Place: Olympian Medal Winner Donates His Medal To Help Sick Boy

Photo of olympic flame

The Olympic flame burns brightly

The Olympic flame burns brighter than ever when you hear of this Olympian Polish discus thrower’s generosity of spirit. Piotr Mallachowski donates his silver medal to Olek Szymanski, a young boy who has retinoblastoma – a horrible eye cancer. The money raised from selling his Olympic silver medal enabled the yong Polish child to go to New York for treatment. More  .

 

In 2nd Place: Tennis: Changing The Referee’s Decision To Help The Opposition 

Although USA’s Jack Sock had won the critical point, he told his Australian opposition,  Lleyton Hewitt,  that his last serve (although judged to be OUT) was in fact IN. Sock said: “that was IN if you want to challenge it.” Hewitt couldn’t believe it (watch his startled face) & said OK “I challenge it” (which means they get to see a replay of the serve – which showed the ball was served onto the line – which is IN!  This was at a crucial stage in the match. The crowd gave Sock a standing ovation. Hewitt  then won the critical point.

 

In 1st Place: The Great Sportsmanship Programme’s 2016 Moment Of The year…. goes to…….

Football: Giving The Opposition The Cup

http://www.espnfc.co.uk/copa-sudamericana/story/3007505/atletico-nacional-ask-conmebol-to-declare-chapecoense-the-copa-sudamericana-2016-champion

Brazil’s Chapecoense  football club were loved by everyone as they came from the small city,  of Chapeco, had been promoted form the   4th division to the top flight  and were on their way to the biggest match in their history to play Atletico Nacional the final of the Copa Sudamericana in Colmbia when their plane crashed killing 71 of the 77 passengers (3 of the 6 survivors were players). Full story

The opposition club insisted the Copa Sudameicanna be given to Chapecoense  football club. Around the world we share some of the pain of the families and friends of Chapecoense Football Club. Clubs, international teams from different sports bowed thier heads in a minute’s silence to show solidarity and respect for the Chapecoense  football club.

We also salute Columbia’s Atletico Nacional for its kind sportsmanship gesture – insisting the cup be awarded to Chapecoense – proving that some things are far more important than winning. This is our number one moment of sportsmanship  from across the world of sport in 2016.

#Copa Sudameicanna #Chapecoense  #AtleticoNacional

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