Fair Play for the Quality of Life and Wellbeing

Enviromental Education For JTET/CTET

Fair Play is an attitude which manifests through behavior of players.

Fair Play incorporates values like Respect, Friendship, Team spirit, fair competition, and sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules, Equality, Integrity, Solidarity, Tolerance, Care, and Joy. These values are considered to be the building blocks of a fair play.

Fair Play Behaviour

Whenever we act in the spirit of fair play we contribute to building a peaceful and better world.

 According to the code of Sports Ethics, Council of Europe- ’Fair play is a positive concept. Sport is a social and cultural activity which, practiced fairly, enriches society and the friendship between nations.

Sport is also recognized as an individual activity which, played fairly, offers the opportunity for self-knowledge, self-expression and fulfillment; personal achievement, skill acquisition and demonstration of ability; social interaction, enjoyment, good health and well-being.

“Sport promotes involvement and responsibility in society with its wide range of clubs and leaders working voluntarily. In addition, responsible involvement in some activities can help to promote sensitivity to the environment.’

In a game playing without written rules is mandatory for every athlete. Respecting the unwritten rules is a must. A fair play requires unconditional respect for opponents, fellow players, referees and even fans.

There should be a sense of friendliness. Rivalry in the play ground does not exclude friendship. Rather it is said that friendship could grow from noble rivalries.

Any athlete may be strong on his own but when he joins a team he becomes stronger. This is due to the spirit of the team or the team spirit which is one of the several building blocks of a fair play.

Victory, if achieved alone can have sweet experiences but sharing the moments of victory together in a team is sweeter. So playing with a team spirit is considered to be an essential element of fair play.

Just to win is not enough to enjoy the fruits of success. There must be a fair competition in a fair play and triumph must be scored by absolutely fair means and by honest and just play.

It is reported frequently that many players have cheated in games through taking drugs. This unfair practice is called as doping. It has no place in a fair play as someone who takes drugs cheats in the game and ruins its spirit. Such a person cannot be played with.

In order to measure the performance of teams, there should be competition on equal terms. This is called as equity in sports which is essential for a fair play.

On the other hand being strong and having strong moral principles are essential components of a fair play. Practicing sport within a sound ethical framework is vitally important if you aim to be a true champion.

In games, it is important to support each other and share feelings, aims and dreams. Mutual support brings mutual success on and off the field. There must be tolerance in players participating in a game.

Sport Ethics- Friendliness

True champions care about each other as they are well aware they could not be where they are without being cared for by others.

The father of the modern Olympic Games Baron Pierre de Coubertin has said: ’The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.’ Competition can be severe but you should always first look for joy when practicing any sports. You should never forget about the play even in the heat of the fight. 

Without fairness and trustworthiness the established order of our society is at risk.

If we do not play by the rules, we ruin the spirit of the game and it is impossible to play with destroyers of the game.

Fair play, which is an essential and central part of successful involvement, promotion and development in both sport and life, can teach people tolerance and respect for others. It allows them to integrate into society and create a sense of teamwork.

Sports Culture in England

 Fair play in sport is capable of giving hope, pride and identity, and it is able to unite where nationalities, politics, religions and cultures often divide.

Cooperation in the spirit of fair play delivers even greater results than pure gamesmanship in all walks of life. It plays a key role, the role of a catalyst in today’s society as a means of improving quality of life and human well-being.

 

Dr. MP Mishra

Dr. M. P. Mishra is a noted environmentalist of India. He is known for his researches in environment conservation, wildlife activism, and for his writings. He has been internationally known for his Bird Housing Project which was devoted to protection and conservation of terrestrial bird species especially in Jharkhand. He has a deep study of the people of Jharkhand, their rituals, arts and crafts and has wandered extensively to study their conditions, their agriculture, their modes of lives, and their skills. Since last many years he has been continuously writing about various environmental and social issues of Jharkhand and has forty six books to his credit. His articles are regularly published in local and national dailies of India. His books on Environmental Awareness, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, General Science, and biology are widely read and many of his books have been adopted in the schools of foreign countries. His books on Environmental Science have been adopted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Orissa, and the Council of Higher Secondary Education Nagaland and Meghalaya. Dr. Mishra is an excellent teacher with innovative ideas and new teaching methodologies. It was due to his commendable services to education that the Department of Human Resources Development, State Government of Jharkhand offered him State Award in the year 2009-010.Dr. Mishra has been awarded with the Presidential Medal and the National Award for the year 2012 for his outstanding Researches in and great contributions to Science and Environment. He has been an active Science Communicator and coordinator of National Council of Science and Technology Communication, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Committee under the Jharkhand Academic Council, Jharkhand, Ranchi. It was due to his voluntary services in the field of environment that he has been selected as a nominee of the Committee for Ethical Treatment to Animals, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. He has been the Chief Editor of ECOSOC the Environmental Newsletter of International Circulation for more than ten years. He has been the President of the People for Animals for about ten years. As a teacher he is always admired by his students and the academic community across the globe.

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