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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".
Select examples of good sportsmanship
- Eugenio Monti in the bobsleigh at the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck
- Lawrence Lemieux in sailing at the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul
- Shin Lam in fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics at London
Select examples of bad sportsmanship
- Tian Qing, Zhao Yunlei, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China
- Jung Kyung-eun, Kim Ha-na, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung of South Korea
- Greysia Polii and Meilana Jauhari of Indonesiaз
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