THE TRUE MEANING OF SPORTSMANSHIP
Recent events in cricket have prompted me to reflect on the price of victory and one event which truly epitomised honesty in sport. Back in 1925, Bobby Jones was competing as an amateur in the US Open and called a penalty shot upon himself. The consequence for him on that day was not victory, but a defeat by one shot. What we can all learn from this was Bobby Jones’ abiding belief in integrity, no matter what the cost. When congratulated by officials, he said: “You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.” Perhaps all athletes – amateurs and professionals – should carry the integrity that Jones showed like a ‘Jiminy Cricket’ conscience on their shoulder. Five years later, he went on to win the grand slam of golf and become a legend. So, the price of integrity? Victory, of course.