Q:

What is the oath of sportsmanship?

A:

The oath of sportsmanship is a pledge by the participating athletes that they promises to play fairly and obey all of the rules governing that event. This oath is given prior to the start of a sporting event such as the Olympics.

The oath of sportsmanship for the Olympics athletes is as follows:

"In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."

In the Olympics, this oath is recited by one athlete from the host country while holding a corner of the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Not all sports have oaths, and not all oaths are the same. Another example of a typical oath of sportsmanship is: "I (state your name) do solemnly swear that in joining the (name of event) shall abide by its rules and regulations, subscribe to the true spirit of sportsmanship, promote happy fellowship and camaraderie. To help me attain this pledge, I shall be guided by the dictum 'when the great scorer pens your name, he writes not, if you won or lost, but how you played the game'. So help me god."

Although many athletes take the oath of sportsmanship very seriously there are some that see it as just a formality.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How many countries participate in the Olympics?

    A:

    As of 2014, the total number of National Olympic Committees (NOC) who have fielded athletes in the most recent games have been 204 in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and 84 in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Three additional nations qualified for the Sochi Games but chose not to participate.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is sportsmanship important?

    A:

    Good sportsmanship is important not only as a practice of etiquette and respect in sports but also because it helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life. For example, a young athlete who believes that it is appropriate to gloat when his or her team wins may believe that such condescending and rude behavior is appropriate in other aspects of life. While sports provide physical activity and competition, these activities are also forms of social engagement that are guided by a set of behavioral rules much in the same way that other activities like business place a secondary emphasis on social behavior.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Which sport combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting?

    A:

    Biathlon is the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. The sport traces its roots to Scandinavia and Finland, with the earliest recorded competition taking place in 1767.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How often are the Olympics held?

    A:

    The summer and winter Olympic games are each held once every four years on an alternating schedule, meaning there is an Olympics competition every two years. The modern Olympic games started with a four year cycle in 1896.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore