Sports are becoming more and more competitive as time goes on. Better equipment, more intense training, smarter diets, clever strategies, and sometimes even a new idea can change the way races and events are held, changing them drastically from when the sport was first introduced to the world. With even the slightest mistake or misstep leading to the loss of a competitive edge, athletes have so much pressure put on their shoulders to succeed and continue to change the game. When one athlete doesn’t quite understand the venue that he is competing in, another athlete sees the chance to take advantage of that and steal the lead out from under him…
The fact that he saw this mistake and wanted to help shows that he really is a good person. Would he have been considered a “better” athlete had he taken advantage of his competitor’s confusion? Would his fans have held that decision over his head for years to come? He describes his thoughts beautifully – translated, of course – and lets the world know that he would have done it all over again, even knowing that winning that race would have given him a spot for the championships.
This is what true sportsmanship is all about. Amazing!
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