Honour

Partner link: Young American Athlete Alerts Officials to Scoring Error and Misses The Cut

Meet Davis Robey, a 17 year old student, who throws the shot put for  Mason High School and dreams of one day qualifying for the Regionals. The shot put is one of the Ancient Olympic Games early events dating back to 684 BC when the goals of the Olympic Games were as much about developing athletes’s minds and bodies.  These principles remain today. Honour, honesty and friendship are key principles amongst true athletes today.

Graphic of the Ancient Olympic Athletes
The Ancient Olympics 684 BC principles remain alive and well today

On May 16th Davis Robey competed in the Division 1 Finals hoping to get within the top 4 and qualify for the Regionals.  An official scorer announced Robey in fourth place with a throw of 137 feet.  Robey knew he had only thrown 132 feet and that it was a mistake.  So Davis Robey stepped up and alerted the judges to the error. In doing so he forfeited his opportunity of competing in the Regionals, as he now finished 7th.

Robey is a true athlete who has ‘the milk of human kindness’ and buckets of integrity. He spoke quietly afterwards:  “It’s unfair for someone who did throw farther than me to not move on, because they worked just as hard as I did. ”

Watch The Interview

Watch the video interview of this inspirational young man.

 

 

Partner link: Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, Thanks Ronnie O’Sullivan

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.

 

 

 

Partner link: Indian Cricket’s Respect & Friendship For Sri Lanka’s Great Kumar Sangakkara

Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s, friendship and respect for his most dangerous and outrageously talented opponent, Sri Lanka’s cricketing great, Kumar Sangakkara, shone like a light across the world of cricket.

Their gestures, ‘taught us how to love and respect opponents’.  These images demonstrate a deep friendship and rich respect for each other.

Here is the letter penned by Virat to Kumar.

Sangakkara's Retirement Letter Received Aug 2015

Enjoy the emotional photographs captured in this Indian TV article  which notes: ‘The young breed should learn from them and take the dignity of the gentleman’s game to newer heights.’ These pictures really do paint a thousand words of  honour, respect, friendship, enjoyment. In fact this article, photos and the letter bring to life the pillars of sportsmanship.

7 Pillars

Kumar Sangakkara’s 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey was simply exceptional. He talked about history, culture and opportunties for Sri Lankan cricket as well a frightening description of  being attacked by terrorist machine guns on their team bus. You can read Kumar’s full speech .  Or you can watch Kumar’s inspiring lecture from Lords Cricket Ground (immediately after this brief introduction).

His speech reveals the greatness of the man. We congratulate Kumar Sangakkara on all of his achievements (both on and off the pitch). We wish him a happy retirement. We also salute Indian captain, Virat Kohli and his team’s demonstration of friendship and respect. May they all inspire a new generation.

 

Partner link: Indian Cricket’s Respect & Friendship For Sri Lanka’s Great Kumar Sangakkara

Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s, friendship and respect for his most dangerous and outrageously talented opponent, Sri Lanka’s cricketing great, Kumar Sangakkara, shone like a light across the world of cricket.

Their gestures, ‘taught us how to love and respect opponents’.  These images demonstrate a deep friendship and rich respect for each other.

Here is the letter penned by Virat to Kumar.

Sangakkara's Retirement Letter Received Aug 2015

Enjoy the emotional photographs captured in this Indian TV article  which notes: ‘The young breed should learn from them and take the dignity of the gentleman’s game to newer heights.’ These pictures really do paint a thousand words of  honour, respect, friendship, enjoyment. In fact this article, photos and the letter bring to life the pillars of sportsmanship.

7 Pillars

Kumar Sangakkara’s 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey was simply exceptional. He talked about history, culture and opportunties for Sri Lankan cricket as well a frightening description of  being attacked by terrorist machine guns on their team bus. You can read Kumar’s full speech .  Or you can watch Kumar’s inspiring lecture from Lords Cricket Ground (immediately after this brief introduction).

His speech reveals the greatness of the man. We congratulate Kumar Sangakkara on all of his achievements (both on and off the pitch). We wish him a happy retirement. We also salute Indian captain, Virat Kohli and his team’s demonstration of friendship and respect. May they all inspire a new generation.

 

Partner link: Indian Cricket’s Respect & Friendship For Sri Lanka’s Great Kumar Sangakkara

Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s, friendship and respect for his most dangerous and outrageously talented opponent, Sri Lanka’s cricketing great, Kumar Sangakkara, shone like a light across the world of cricket.

Their gestures, ‘taught us how to love and respect opponents’.  These images demonstrate a deep friendship and rich respect for each other.

Here is the letter penned by Virat to Kumar.

Sangakkara's Retirement Letter Received Aug 2015

Enjoy the emotional photographs captured in this Indian TV article  which notes: ‘The young breed should learn from them and take the dignity of the gentleman’s game to newer heights.’ These pictures really do paint a thousand words of  honour, respect, friendship, enjoyment. In fact this article, photos and the letter bring to life the pillars of sportsmanship.

7 Pillars

Kumar Sangakkara’s 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey was simply exceptional. He talked about history, culture and opportunties for Sri Lankan cricket as well a frightening description of  being attacked by terrorist machine guns on their team bus. You can read Kumar’s full speech .  Or you can watch Kumar’s inspiring lecture from Lords Cricket Ground (immediately after this brief introduction).

His speech reveals the greatness of the man. We congratulate Kumar Sangakkara on all of his achievements (both on and off the pitch). We wish him a happy retirement. We also salute Indian captain, Virat Kohli and his team’s demonstration of friendship and respect. May they all inspire a new generation.

 

Partner link: Indian Cricket’s Respect & Friendship For Sri Lanka’s Great Kumar Sangakkara

Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s, friendship and respect for his most dangerous and outrageously talented opponent, Sri Lanka’s cricketing great, Kumar Sangakkara, shone like a light across the world of cricket.

Their gestures, ‘taught us how to love and respect opponents’.  These images demonstrate a deep friendship and rich respect for each other.

Here is the letter penned by Virat to Kumar.

Sangakkara's Retirement Letter Received Aug 2015

Enjoy the emotional photographs captured in this Indian TV article  which notes: ‘The young breed should learn from them and take the dignity of the gentleman’s game to newer heights.’ These pictures really do paint a thousand words of  honour, respect, friendship, enjoyment. In fact this article, photos and the letter bring to life the pillars of sportsmanship.

7 Pillars

Kumar Sangakkara’s 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey was simply exceptional. He talked about history, culture and opportunties for Sri Lankan cricket as well a frightening description of  being attacked by terrorist machine guns on their team bus. You can read Kumar’s full speech .  Or you can watch Kumar’s inspiring lecture from Lords Cricket Ground (immediately after this brief introduction).

His speech reveals the greatness of the man. We congratulate Kumar Sangakkara on all of his achievements (both on and off the pitch). We wish him a happy retirement. We also salute Indian captain, Virat Kohli and his team’s demonstration of friendship and respect. May they all inspire a new generation.

 

Partner link: Strikers & Keepers, Brazilians & Saudis United in Sportsmanship

During the heat of battle in a Saudi Premier league match, between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, something beautiful happened followed by something terrible followed by something even more beautiful, and all in the space of one minute.

A four goal bonanza had the game evenly balanced with the teams drawing 2-2 early in the second half. Al Nahdha’s goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was holding the ball inside the edge of his penalty box and was struggling with a loose lace from his boot.  If he kicked the ball the boot might fly off. The keeper could not put the ball down, take his gloves off, tie his laces, put the gloves back on, pick up the ball and play on. The opposition striker knew this too.

A magical moment of sportsmanship followed by stupidity followed by an even more wonderful moment of sportsmanship. This is one reason (or three reasons) why you should never leave your seat during a game.

 

So Al Ittihad’s little Brazilian striker Jóbson Leandro Pereira de Oliveira, ran towards his opposition keeper, honourably knelt down before the keeper and tied the keeper’s laces – allowing the keeper to get on with the game. Then something terrible happened. The referee decided that the keeper had wasted time and gave a free kick against the keeper on the edge of the box.

Then something beautiful happened. Al Ittihad’s free kick taker, Leandro Bonfim gently kicked the ball wide of the post on purpose. Although he is a new player to the club, he embraced the Jeddah football club atmosphere of sportsmanship as did the crowd. Supporters form both teams applauded the Bonfirm’s decision to effectively resume the game where they left it before the boot-lace moment.

The game resumed at 2-2. The crowd cheered. The beautiful game became stronger, thanks to a Saudi keeper, a Brazilian duo and a Saudi crowd, united in the brotherhood of football.

 

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Partner link: Strikers & Keepers, Brazilians & Saudis United in Sportsmanship

During the heat of battle in a Saudi Premier league match, between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, something beautiful happened followed by something terrible followed by something even more beautiful, and all in the space of one minute.

A four goal bonanza had the game evenly balanced with the teams drawing 2-2 early in the second half. Al Nahdha’s goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was holding the ball inside the edge of his penalty box and was struggling with a loose lace from his boot.  If he kicked the ball the boot might fly off. The keeper could not put the ball down, take his gloves off, tie his laces, put the gloves back on, pick up the ball and play on. The opposition striker knew this too.

A magical moment of sportsmanship followed by stupidity followed by an even more wonderful moment of sportsmanship. This is one reason (or three reasons) why you should never leave your seat during a game.

 

So Al Ittihad’s little Brazilian striker Jóbson Leandro Pereira de Oliveira, ran towards his opposition keeper, honourably knelt down before the keeper and tied the keeper’s laces – allowing the keeper to get on with the game. Then something terrible happened. The referee decided that the keeper had wasted time and gave a free kick against the keeper on the edge of the box.

Then something beautiful happened. Al Ittihad’s free kick taker, Leandro Bonfim gently kicked the ball wide of the post on purpose. Although he is a new player to the club, he embraced the Jeddah football club atmosphere of sportsmanship as did the crowd. Supporters form both teams applauded the Bonfirm’s decision to effectively resume the game where they left it before the boot-lace moment.

The game resumed at 2-2. The crowd cheered. The beautiful game became stronger, thanks to a Saudi keeper, a Brazilian duo and a Saudi crowd, united in the brotherhood of football.

 

Please share this story &/or post a comment in the box below.

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Partner link: Strikers & Keepers, Brazilians & Saudis United in Sportsmanship

During the heat of battle in a Saudi Premier league match, between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, something beautiful happened followed by something terrible followed by something even more beautiful, and all in the space of one minute.

A four goal bonanza had the game evenly balanced with the teams drawing 2-2 early in the second half. Al Nahdha’s goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was holding the ball inside the edge of his penalty box and was struggling with a loose lace from his boot.  If he kicked the ball the boot might fly off. The keeper could not put the ball down, take his gloves off, tie his laces, put the gloves back on, pick up the ball and play on. The opposition striker knew this too.

A magical moment of sportsmanship followed by stupidity followed by an even more wonderful moment of sportsmanship. This is one reason (or three reasons) why you should never leave your seat during a game.

 

So Al Ittihad’s little Brazilian striker Jóbson Leandro Pereira de Oliveira, ran towards his opposition keeper, honourably knelt down before the keeper and tied the keeper’s laces – allowing the keeper to get on with the game. Then something terrible happened. The referee decided that the keeper had wasted time and gave a free kick against the keeper on the edge of the box.

Then something beautiful happened. Al Ittihad’s free kick taker, Leandro Bonfim gently kicked the ball wide of the post on purpose. Although he is a new player to the club, he embraced the Jeddah football club atmosphere of sportsmanship as did the crowd. Supporters form both teams applauded the Bonfirm’s decision to effectively resume the game where they left it before the boot-lace moment.

The game resumed at 2-2. The crowd cheered. The beautiful game became stronger, thanks to a Saudi keeper, a Brazilian duo and a Saudi crowd, united in the brotherhood of football.

 

Please share this story &/or post a comment in the box below.

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Partner link: “If one day I score, I’d be so happy that I’d fly.”

“We’ll score when we grow old.”

These are just some of the magical quotes from a Spanish football team of 5 and 6-year olds who have never won a game and never scored a goal, but are arguably, the essence of sportsmanship. Well done to them and their coaches and parents. Sit back and enjoy this truly amazing little film.

This post is partly in response to a challenging article written by James Causey of the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal , called Sport Without Justice.  He despairs at the disgusting incidents from youth sports.  Combine this with bounty payments paid by professional clubs for injuring players – and it all paints a bleak picture.

However the wonderful video above demonstrates the essence of great sportsmanship. Sit back and enjoy. Move over thugs, here comes sportsmanship at its purest.

 

Note 1: Mr Messi’s Masterclass in Sportsmanship (video) – interesting that he plays for a Spanish team too!

Note 2:  l’equip petit video by el cangrejo