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.
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.
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.
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.