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The Spirit of Sports

Postby oclet » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:38 pm

I copy one article I read before and paste it here for sharing...



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This is a story I read somewhere (now I recall, it is from Lian He Zao Bao), as my child is also a competitive player, I can feel the story....


近日,全国羽毛球校际比赛正如火如荼地在各区展开。适逢其会,观看了几场比赛,发现与赛的队伍虽然来自小学,可是水平不错,竞争亦相当激烈,输赢往往只相差几分,看了心里很是激动,让人觉得本地的羽毛球应该有望出人头地。 (The national school badminton competition had begun and I had a chance to watch several matches. Although this was a primary school tournament, the level was high and the winning teams usually defeated their opponents marginally. This was encouraging and the dream to have world class national players began to blossom.)

那天,听到阵阵的喧闹声此起彼落,不禁驻足观看。只见场上两个对垒的黄毛小子,正杀得难分难解;场边的老师家长教练同学,都在为各自的球员摇旗呐喊、加油打气,气氛很是热闹。稍加打听,才知道两队正打到2-2,AB是最后单打,决定胜负,难怪气氛如此紧张。(That particular day, the crowd was excited and the atmosphere was noisy as I walked past an organising school. Two boys were fighting against each other and inseparable. Parents and supporters surrounded the badminton court to support their players energetically. Asking one of the spectators, I knew the match is tight and the score then was 2-2. Both players (A and B) were the last singles of their respective school teams and this was a deciding match. Hence, the arousing atmosphere.)

这时AB两人各胜一局,比赛进入了决胜局。A原本一路领先,可是落后的B毫不气馁,A越打越慌,终于让B慢慢追回了比数。比数来到20-19,A只领先B一分。这时,领先的A回了一个高空球,只见落后的B,奋然跃起,来个全力扣杀,球落在边线内。 A校的支持者和我所站的位置,可以清楚看到球的落点,肯定是个in ball。当球落地时,A校的支持者,全都静了下来。B校的那边,则马上敲锣打鼓,兴奋异常。A球员垂头丧气地将球捞起,还击给B,显示他也默认那是个界内球。 (In the final and deciding set, A was leading but B was not giving up. As B closed up the score, A began to panic and the score finally became 20-19. A was only 1 point up. At this time, A gave B a high lob and B jumped up to return the lob with a powerful smash. The cork landed within the baseline where A's supporters and I were, so, we were very sure it was an in ball. A's supporters stopped cheering instantaneously while B's supporters applauded for their player. A picked up the cork and passed it over to B for serving. This was an indication that it was an in ball.)

可是这时,坐在边线上的边线员(一个小学女生)想是分心,没看清来球的落点,一时竟然没反应,愣住了。(校际比赛所用的边线员都是小学生,如AB两校比赛,就由C校的学生担任边线员。)大会裁判(成年人)看向边线员,问:in or out?该名女生轻抿着嘴,犹豫不决。不耐烦的裁判又问了一次,女生终于把心一横,双手一张,开口说:OUT!然后一溜烟就跑开了。
场中的B不甘心地冲着A喊道:Is in! 裁判也知该球具有争议性,望向A,希望他能表态。
A低下头,犹豫地偷偷望向身后的支持者,只见一名不知道是老师还是教练的人对A喊道:Tell him,is out!(The lines girl who was also a primary school student did not pay attention to that point and did not know how to react when the umpire asked for her comment. The umpire asked several times impatiently and eventually, the girl called the ball as an out ball. She then ran off. B puzzled and was unhappy about the call while the umpire also knew that it was disputable. The umpire looked at A and hoped for a honest answer. A dropped his head and looked at his supporters. An adult, who was either his coach or teacher-in-charge, instructed him loudly to tell the umpire it was out.)

A抬起头,转身对着裁判耸耸肩,有点心虚,低声说道:I don’t know!裁判过后宣布A获胜。
A松了一口气,即刻丢下拍子,做了一个类似网球高手苦战了4、5个小时后才获得胜利的表情,然后躺在地上打滚。这时,A校的支持者,轰的一声叫出声来,从我后面冲出,疯狂地围着A庆祝。(A replied the umpire that he did not know, the umpire later decided that it was an out ball and gave A the benefit. The score was then 21-19, A won. The supporters happily ran in and surrounded him.)

离去前,终于忍不住上前对A校的那名不知道是老师还是教练的人说:你觉得你们赢了吗?
那人只是冷冷地看着我,有点意外,没说什么,铁青着脸,随即转过身去,不再理我。
我冷眼旁观,看着兴高采烈的A校支持者,不禁感觉心寒。只是一个小学的校际比赛,就让输赢淹没了良知,奖牌竟然比诚信重要,我们到底在培养什么样的人才?就算得到世界冠军,那又怎样? 经过B的身旁,我拍了拍他的肩膀说:You are the winner!(I went up to the adult who instructed A to lie and asked him whether that his team had really won, he was shocked and turned his back. My heart sank as this was only a primary school level competition. Why should one allow winning to overrule honesty and destroy the spirit of playing sports? I walked past B and tapped his shoulder, followed by telling him that he was the rightful winner.)

... Hope the translation helps... I can assure all readers this is real and it happens to all sports when winning becomes so important.... Isn't winning supposed to be important? and must winning be achieved at all cost?

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Postby HyperKiasu » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:19 pm

沒有誠信,快樂不長久,地位是虛假的,競爭也是失敗的
下面的文章是中國大陸前些年高考的一篇滿分作文

文章樸實簡單, 要找出用字遣詞比這篇好的文章, 實在數不勝數。

然而, 為什麼這篇小短文, 卻可以在千萬中國考生中得到滿分 ?

我覺得理由是 ---- 它真正的把每一位的心聲說了出來。

撼動了每一個改考卷的老師的心靈.....


話說誠信被那個「聰明」的年輕人投棄到水裡以後,他拼命地游著,最後來到了一個小島上。

「誠信」就躺在沙灘上休息,心裡計劃著等待哪位路過的朋友允許他搭船,救他一命。

突然,「誠信」聽到遠處傳來一陣陣歡樂輕鬆的音樂。


他於是馬上站起來,向著音樂傳來的方向望去:他看見一隻小船正向這邊駛來。

船上有面小旗,上面寫著「快樂」二字,原來是快樂的小船。

「誠信」忙喊道:「快樂、快樂,我是誠信,你拉我回岸可以嗎?」

「快樂」一聽,笑著對「誠信」說:

「不行不行,我一有了誠信, 就不快樂了,

你看這社會上有多少人因為說實話而不快樂,對不起,我無能為力。」

說罷,「快樂」走了。



過了一會兒,「地位」來了。

誠信忙喊到:「地位地位,我是誠信,我想搭你的船回家可以嗎?」

「地位」忙把船划遠了,回頭對「誠信」說:

「不行不行,誠信可不能搭我的船,我的地位來之不易啊!

有了你這個誠信, 我豈不倒霉,並且連地位也難以保住啊!」

「誠信」很失望地看著「地位」的背影,眼裡充滿了不解和疑惑,他又接著等。



隨著一片有節奏的卻不和諧的聲音傳來,「競爭」們乘著小船來了,

「誠信」喊道:「競爭,競爭,我能不能搭你的小船一程?」

「競爭」們問道:「你是誰,你能給我們多少好處?」

「誠信」不想說,怕說了又沒人理,但「誠信」畢竟是誠信,他說:「我是誠信…… 」。

「你是誠信啊,你這不存心給我們添麻煩嗎?

如今競爭這麼激烈,我們不正當競爭, 怎麼敢要你誠信?」

言罷,揚長而去。



正當「誠信」感到近乎絕望的時候,一個慈祥的聲音從遠處傳來:「孩子,上船吧!」

一個白髮蒼蒼的老者在船上掌著舵道:「我是時間老人。」

「誠信」問道:「那您為什麼要救我呢?」

老人微笑著說:「只有時間才知道誠信有多麼重要!」

在回去的路上,時間老人指著因翻船而落水的「快樂」、「地位」、「競爭」,

意味深長地說道:
「沒有誠信,快樂不長久,地位是虛假的,競爭也是失敗的」



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Postby oclet » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:48 pm

Absolutely agreed. Many a time, we encounter parents pushing their children for achievements without educating them properly. In the end, we have many children who look good superficially, but without good attributes. Both sports and academics.

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great insight! would like to share about this sport

Postby simplejan » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:12 pm

hi all, i have been enthusiastic about sports and all so this is a heartening forum to see. Would like to share tchoukball that there are some sports that celebrates the spirit of the game. these games are non violent that parents should know about and it instill the right values to our next generation. for those keen, you can find out about this sport here http://singaporetchoukball.org/ and encourage our children to take part in such sports in the future !

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Re: great insight! would like to share about this sport

Postby oclet » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:21 am

Regardless of the sports our children pick up, right values must be instilled. Winning a match is not everything. I will quote some interesting cases and conversations when I have time....

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Postby oclet » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:00 am

Today, I will talk about one incident I heard from an insider. A team of young Singaporean boys were sent to one neighboring country for an international competition. One of the players were observed to be unethical and dishonest. During the seeding matches (all players were to play stipulated no. of matches in groups), after winning and losing one game each, he claimed that he had his leg was injured and needed medical attention. The last match was not played and due to his national standing, he was seeded rather highly and affected the other Singaporean players as the organising committee required the seeds to be distributed among different countries. It was found that the injury was likely fake as he was able to play in the main matches shortly after. In one of the matches, he made a bad line call resulting a heated argument and had to be settled by the umpire. The Singaporean Coach and the opponent's Coach saw the ball clearly from the grand stand, the opponent's coach asked the Singaporean Coach "Is this how Singapore win? and are you not going to do anything to him?" I was also being told that he did want want to play doubles with his Singaporean counterpart but another player from another country who was ranked higher internationally.

This Singaporean player's dishonesty was spread among all the players and some even crafted a plan to deal with him, i.e. "do not argue with him, as long as he makes a bad call, get the umpire."..... This is really giving us a bad name. In addition, it is sad to see that due to individual benefits, our Singaporean boy actually teamed up with outsider.

While we play to win, we win with respects. Sports can only bring u so far, the most till 30+ but good characters will follow u till u die!

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Postby oclet » Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:25 am

Recently, we heard several interesting stories regarding one Singaporean family whose boy played in a sport at competitive level. The boy appeared to be okay except with overwhelming vulgarities, in various languages and dialects. The worst is his father:
1. In one of the selection trials for players to represent Singapore, the father actually shouted to his son (and apparently easily heard) with vulgarities asking him to go home and quit when he was not playing and loosing points.
2. Once, we were told that his son lost his patient and nearly punched his father in court during one of the training sessions.
3. In a recent competition (where this son represented NOT Singapore, for you to figure out), he lost to his opponent who is a Singapore. His father threw his iPhone into a drain.

This boy is no doubt a Singaporean and had participated in several trials to represent Singapore AND yet played against Singapore in regional tournaments because of his residing place. While he did not take part in local competitions where our local players gain points to be selected for trials, he was always in some of the important trials. We heard this family has connection to the Sports Association........ will verify...

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