Mood en­hanc­ing sports

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY PANTELIS BOUKALAS

aided at times by banned chem­i­cal sub­stances. When it comes to vic­to­ries by young ath­letes in par­tic­u­lar, we adults like to use them as a psy­cho­log­i­cal an­abolic steroid and an op­por­tu­nity to preach some moral les­son or other. This was the case fol­low­ing the vic­tory of the un­der-18 na­tional bas­ket­ball team at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in the town of Vo­los on Sun­day night. More or less the same team of young men had taken fourth place just a few weeks ear­lier in the FIBA Un­der-19 World Cham­pi­onship in Irak­lio, in Crete. But we didn’t pay too much at­ten­tion to them at the time. Their vic­tory did not be­come a na­tion­wide topic of dis­cus­sion. Why? Does it need ask­ing? Be­cause they didn’t come first; be­cause we have em­braced the no­tion that first is first and sec­ond is noth­ing. You can only imag­ine how low fourth place ranks. If we want to draw some lessons from the suc­cesses of our coun­try’s young ath­letes, even if they will be for­got­ten in a day or two, we should re­call the wise words on team spirit from for­mer na­tional bas­ket­ball coach Panayi­o­tis Yian­nakis, who had said that a good as­sist makes two peo­ple happy. In Irak­lio and Vo­los, the na­tional youth squad showed us that they’re a good team. It didn’t mat­ter which clubs they all played for. They were un­af­fected by the poi­son be­ing spread by

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.