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Sportsmanship facts for kids

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These two teams of young soccer (football) players line up and touch hands after a game to learn about good sportsmanship
Tennis shake hands after match
Shaking hands after the match is considered a symbol of good sportsmanship


Sportsmanship is traditional value in sports and competition. It means playing clean and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity.

Sportsmanship is generally understood to include

  • playing fair
  • following the rules of the game
  • respecting the judgment of referees and officials
  • treating opponents with respect

The ideal of sportsmanship argues that "it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game".

Olympic Games

In the context of the Olympic Games, athletes are expected to do their best. Otherwise, they would go against the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger".

Select examples of good sportsmanship

Select examples of bad sportsmanship

In the London Olympics, some athletes attempted to lose their badminton matches, including

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