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Discuss whether the concepts of fair play and sportsmanship still exist in global games.

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Synoptic question. Joe Strudwick. "Professional sport demands that winning is a top priority - commercial sport for 'also-rans' would be very difficult to come by in a harsh business world " Galigan 2000 Discuss whether the concepts of fair play and sportsmanship still exist in global games. In this essay I intend to, outline certain terms and phrases in the question and quote that have been given, argue or back the quote that is given and answer the question with reference to sporting events. There are three different words that I would like to define. Also-rans... : An also-ran is some one who runs the race but has no hope of winning; they consistently come last or close to last in every race. They never get a podium position. They only run/race because they enjoy it, or to give their country status. An example of an also-ran is a sprinter from Yugoslavia called Slobodan Spasic. He races in each championship 100m, but has never placed higher than 6th in a heat of 8. Also-rans seem to usually come from poorer, smaller countries that cannot fund for a large winning sports academy. ...read more.

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As the old saying goes "Football is a gentleman's game played by thugs and Rugby is a thugs game played by gentleman." All rugby teams are expected to play hard, but to play with a huge amount of sportsmanship. Yes there are a number of little spouts of violence now and then but it is totally understandable due to the assertiveness and level of harsh bodily contact needed to play the game. During the 2003 world cup the England Rugby team came under some heavy abuse from the rest of the nations competing. Still, they competed, and fought off all others to become champions, they didn't retaliate or lash out with violence. They didn't use the press to abuse other teams, they played they're own style of rugby and won the world cup. This is a prime example of sportsmanship in today's sporting environment. My point is that yes fair play and sportsmanship do exist but only in some sports, in which the players have been brought up top abide by the rules and follow the referee's decision. In some sports i.e. ...read more.

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Today's top athletes all use dietitions, health advisors and personal trainers to become the best at their particular sport. They all use performance enhancing techniques to improve their sporting ability and performance in competition. But is this against the Sportsmanship/Gamesmanship theory? With the production of illegal performance enhancing dugs being more and more common in the sporting environment of today , the governing bodies for the particular sports are having more and more trouble detecting whether athletes have used illegal stimulants to help them to train. To conclude. In today's sporting world. Nations will use sport as a platform for political power. This can sometimes lead to sportsmanship being thrown aside and made way for other styles of gaming like gamesmanship. In my own opinion sportsmanship is still strong in many of today's sports and athlete's, but if the values of sportsmanship are not upheld, by the governing bodies of the sport, such as the FA then the sport is likely to become worse to be a spectator of and less fair to play in. If the bodies who govern the game do not maintain strong levels of justice and fair play within their own rulings then players will become less sportsmanship and the levels of the sports fair play will drop. ...read more.

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