Mistake, mayhem or malice?
Saw what the french marathoner did at the final event of the Olympics? There were much debates and online uproars. No one could agree if he was intentionally being unsportsmanlike or deliriously made a genuine mistake.
“French marathon runner Morhad Amdouni was near the 28km mark when he approached a water station for the athletes. Needless to say, if you were directly behind Amdouni you probably had a hard time grabbing some water.”
If you saw the video, you would have seen how he “single-handedly” took down the entire row of cups.
Essentially, he thrashed the entire water station, spilling everything in sight and prevented anyone else behind him from getting anything.
Perhaps it was a mistake?
I re-looked at the video clip 10 times hoping to see any signs that it was accidental.
Unfortunately, it did seem like a blatant act of unsportsmanlike conduct.
No one else had any issues getting just one cup as they ran past almost at full stride, just like he did.
Everyone else were running at around the same pace and there were plenty of drink stations around.
Was it just to create mayhem?
Perhaps it was not intentional and he might really be having a bad day.
But he is an international olympian and no stranger to marathons and performing at such levels all the time.
He of all people, should know that cameras are everywhere and people are watching.
This is not the time to give naysayers the opportunity to doubt or cast aspersions.
So was it malicious?
I hope not.
He is an olympian.
For better or worse, it is a title that goes far beyond the logo on his shirt.
He is expected to embody the principles and pride of sportsmanship just like every other olympian.
He should reflect on this and do a proper presser to explain his actions.
The authorities should investigate and ensure such behaviour never occur again.
This is why Google said “don’t be evil”.
Be on the ball, look out for opportunities but don’t harm others.
On our road to success, we will be faced with trials and tribulations.
Do not jeopardise the opportunities of others just because we can and be nice to everyone along the way.
What we do for others and to others matter.
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