Winning isn't all that counts
During Lance Armstrong's belated (yet still mind-blowing) confession over his drug-taking during the era of his domination at the Tour de France he admitted to a "win at all costs" attitude. In the light of his declaration I think it is particularly apposite that the below post appear on Facebbok in the last few days on the Kellimni page (https://www.facebook.com/kellimni). Kellimni is "Malta's adolescent and young people helpline, offering online support".
This young Basque athlete deserves recognition for the example of sportsmanship he has set, especially for young people.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:
"But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn't have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well."
He said at the beginning: unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it's a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy ...