Does sport help to spread respect, or does respect for beautiful people allow sport to become a pathway to a better life and a better person?

One of the most overused sentences connecting life to sport is "Sport is a school of life", but is this always true?

It should, but we are human, with or without a club uniform, with or without social filters.

The practice of sport from an early age is guided by coaches - in many sports called educators - and families. The former have an enormous responsibility, guiding souls of clay and blotting paper on a path of personal growth: a role of great responsibility, in which every single gesture is seen as a symbol to emulate. The latter are the basis for growth, whose role of “support” is sometimes forgotten, becoming surrogates for coaches, exaggerated motivators and lousy opposing fans.

In team sports, respect is often a necessary condition: I can recall the film “A Few Good Men” (taking it to the extreme) which talks about that unwritten code among marines that guarantees as few comrades as possible get killed.

Likewise on the field, especially in contact sports, it is inevitable that a balance is created in which respect becomes a condition of “peaceful survival” rather than a value choice, but the result, in the end, is Machiavellian more than acceptable.

In rugby - for example - physical contact is an integral part of the game system, it creates a messy balance between the concept of “like hell I’m going to let you through and the post-final whistle embrace between opponents who have given everything to tackle each other.

In individual sports, respect is a more subtle game, without pushing contact it is more about looks, statements and commitment. At a professional level, there are those who unethically plan the destabilisation of the opponent well before entering the competition field.

For us amateur athletes, respect is never believing we have made it or feeling better than the others.

It is not editing photos in order to look cooler, but not recognizable in person. Ditto, the results recorded on Garmin or Strava (May God have mercy on you, if you are a believer!)

It is keeping in mind when running at a peace of 6'-7'/km was a dream and one of our first goals, especially for those like me who started late.

Respect is knowing how to manage competition, not conceding anything, not playing on false statements (in Veneto we say "Cry the dead and cheat the living") and participating with humility in events where there are no medals but participation, an excellent opportunity to say thank you for our progress and to put our experience at the service of the beginners or those who - for a thousand reasons - have to make do with their results, but every day believe in what they manage to achieve.

Respect is also overcoming your opponent, squeezing out all you can squeeze out, showing that you are doing your best and may the best win.

Respect is many things, I don't even know if it qualifies as a value or represents the achievement of a set of values. It is that mix that allows you to always walk with head held high, smile casually and look at everyone in the eye without feeling judged.

What is respect to you?

ps: in the picture (by DAFU) an Olympic champion watching a wreck run :)
pss: I was not an ASICS FrontRunner yet, but I strongly believe that respect is a primary condition for being and living as an ASICS FrontRunner.

Thanks for the translation to Federica Ronsivalle

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Riccardo Mares

Chief Operating Officier da Rovigo

Gruppo di età: M45
Club: Salcus

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