Fair Play Award in
This year’s Junior European Fencing Championships
were organised in the Polish city of
It is particularly
It was very encouraging that despite the serious spirit of the competition – lets not forget that Europe’s best junior fencers fought there – many young athletes and trainers lived by the principles that only fair and clean victory counts really as such. Lets quote as example Jochen Behr, the trainer of the German team: The German fencer Tran fought against his competitor Blaszyck from France when the French fencer protested against the referee’s judgment. Jochen Behr recognized that the French athlete was right and asked his protégé to give up the point despite the fact that the French fencer was leading and consequently also won the fight.
The second case out of many that is worth mentioning is that of the Portuguese fencer Pedro Arede. Fighting against a competitor from Norway he refused the referee’s judgment in his own favour, admitting that he touched his own leg. Though Pedro lost the fight the real victory was his following the principles of fair play despite the unfavourable situation for him.
Let me end on a brief comment about the
“Only through Fair Play principle, sports can unite people in peaceful sporting events over centuries and across borders. “
During the opening ceremony,
Jochen Behr, the trainer of the German Junior Fencing team with the Special Fair Play Award of European Fair Play Movement and Max Geuter, the secretary general of European Fencing Confederation
Carlos Goncalves, President of European Fair Play Movement, awards
the Portugese fencer Pedro Arede
the Fair Play Award for his exemplary behaviour during the European Junior
Fencing Championships in