Despite being good at their sport Indian athletes they don’t forget their acts of sportsmanship, the humanity, the tendency to forget the ongoing competition and help their opponent when they are facing trouble. Indian athletes are making the nation proud by their performances as well as by their acts of sportsmanship in their respective sports.
Here are 5 Incredible acts of Sportsmanship in Indian sports:
1. Yogeshwar Dutt and his Olympic Spirit
Yogeshwar Dutt had won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. However, the silver medallist, Besik Khudukov, had later been proven to be guilty of doping charges. This meant Yogeshwar’s medal would be upgraded to silver.
He showed his happiness on twitter at first but later he said “Besik Kudukhov was a terrific wrestler. It is sad that his dope test was positive after his death (Kudukhov died in 2013 in a car crash in his home country). As a sportsman, I have great respect for him. The medal should remain with his family if possible. It will keep his family’s honor intact. For me, humanity is above everything.”
Later on, Khudukov was disqualified but Yogeshwar had shown a symbol of humanity and Olympic spirit.
2. When India’s women’s kabaddi team showed respect for values
During the India vs Iran gold-medal match in the women’s kabaddi event final at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. But even in those breathtaking moments, the Indian team showed winning is not everything.
During that clash, one of the Iranian raiders, accidentally had her ‘hijab’ displaced while a raid was on. She immediately froze because of the discomfort and could have easily been trapped by the defenders then. Instead, the Indians chose to help her cover her face and put the hijab back in place.
3. MS Dhoni: Captain of a gentlemen’s game
Several South African players suffered cramps in the 2015-16 series against India and Faf du Plessis went through the same as he approached his hundred in the Wankhede ODI. As du Plessis attempted a slog, he fell over and pulled his hamstring.
Dhoni could see he needed help stretching. He was the first one to volunteer and did not wait for the physio or South African teammates.
4. Birendra Lakra against Pakistan – Asian Champions Trophy 2016
The referee wasn’t so sure about the corner and he was going to contact the review umpire. But, Lakra came running up to him and said, “It is a penalty corner, please don’t use up their last referral, your position was such that you might have missed it.”
The referee realized his mistake and immediately halted the review process.
The eventual penalty corner did not yield a goal for Pakistan, but what specifically stood out was the sportsmanship, during a match with really high stakes.
The Pakistan coach K M Junaid even went and embraced Lakra.
5. PV Sindhu shows her respect for the game after Rio 2016 final
Sindhu, saddened by the narrow loss sat down on the court. She then waved to the crowd and went to Marin, lifting her to her feet.
It was then that Sindhu did something untypical. She saw Marin’s racquet lying on the ground after parting ways, which Marin had flung it in her excitement. Sindhu picked it up, and carefully laid it by the side of the court, alongside Marin’s bag.
Her gesture to pick up the racquet shows how much she respects her sport, and how much she respects her opponents.
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