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Research Focus: Sports & Fair Play
Dilemma: Pragmatism versus idealism

Understanding the current reality
1. What are the ideas of fair play in sports?
a) What principles and/or value lie behind the ideals of fair play?

'Fair play' is usually understood to mean using only tactics that are in accord with the spirit of the sport.

In ethics, the concept of fairness involves treating everyone equally and impartially. It is complex notion that comprises and embodies a number of values that are fundamental not only to sport but also to everyday life. Fair play is not a theory. Fair play is an attitude that manifests itself in behaviour. Whenever we act in the spirit of fair play we contribute to building a peaceful and better world. The following values which are the building blocks of fair play can easily be expressed in the interactions of everyday life. 

Respect, friendship, team spirit, fair competition, sport without doping, respect for  written and unwritten rules such as equality, integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learnt both on and off the field. 

b) Refer to the Olympic Code at Olympic.org Do you think the Olympic Code embodies fair play?

* To encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned; * To encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions; * To ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games; * To cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace; * To take action in order to strengthen the unity and to protect the independence of the Olympic Movement; * To act against any form of...