The sporting spirit is another name of sportsmanship. It means the fair, honest, earnest and generous way in which a game is played. The best players all over the world play the game with the sporting spirit.
The play must be neatly carried on. Even if our party is being defeated, we must no get impatient and run into a passion. The true sporting spirit wants even a losing game to be played honestly and in conformity with the rules.
The sporting spirit requires that the players must obey the referee the umpire. Whatever decision is given by him, the players must not grumble nor murmur. If he makes an error of judgement, we must respect his announcement and not ridicule his error.
If a game is being played between two unequal sides, the sporting spirit is best needed there. The stronger side must play with zest in order that the spectators should enjoy the game and that the weaker side must be able to do its best. If the stronger side trifles with the weaker party by playing in a half-hearted manner, the play will suffer.
Sportsmanship is rightly estimated at the time when a party is defeated. It is then that we have to see how a player takes his defeat. If he grows sulky and sad and begins to quarrel and fight with his opponents, he is not a true player. He is said possess no sporting spirit.
The baser instincts that are jealousy, meanness, quarrelsomeness are not worthy of a sportsman. He must take success and failure with the same equanimity. A true sportsman does not hesitate to praise the superior game of his opponents and rejoices even at their victory.
The sporting spirit is not merely confined to the playfield. It must also be carried into
A man gifted with the sporting spirit has an optimistic view of life. He considers the world a big play field and pays his part without grumbling. He is satisfied with doing his duty best. His is not the job to think of consequences. He leaves them to God. He takes pleasure in what he does not remains cheerful under all circumstances.
A man with a true sporting spirit plays the game of life also in a fair manner. He does not take recourse to meanness and never hits below the belt. The sporting spirit is a trait of
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