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Fair play. Friendship in rivalry.

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Since its foundation by UNESCO and a number of international sports governing bodies in Paris in 1963 the goal of the International Committee Fair Play Committee is the worldwide defence and promotion of fair play.

The activity of CIFP is aimed at national and international organisations in the field of sports and education, and professional athletes with a special emphasis on children, adolescents and those in charge of training them, namely coaches and trainers.

The CIFP has an important educational role to play in supporting fair play, promoting a better understanding of fair play values and preventing adverse behaviour. In cooperation with various national governing bodies such as ministries, Olympic committees, sports federations, media and sports press associations the CIFP encourages and welcomes the establishment of national fair play committees.

In order to honour and direct attention to acts of fair play performed either within or outside the sports world, the International Fair Play Committee annually awards Fair Play Prizes to personalities who have proved to be excellent ambassadors of fair play.

THE FAIR PLAY VALUES

Fair competition
Triumph must be measured by absolute fair means, honesty and just play.

Respect
Fair play requires unconditional respect for opponents, fellow players, referees and fans.

Friendship
Rivalry on the field does not exclude friendship.

Team Spirit
Individuals can be strong on their own, but they are much stronger in a team. Sharing the moment of victory with your team is the ultimate pleasure.

Equality
Competing on equal terms is essential in sport. Otherwise, performance cannot be measured properly.

Integrity
Being honest and having strong moral principles are essential to fair play. Practicing sport within a sound ethical framework is vitally important if you aim to be a true champion.

Solidarity
It is important to support each other and share feelings, aims and dreams. Mutual support brings mutual success on and off the field.

Tolerance
The willingness to accept behavior or decisions you may not agree with develops your self-control. Ultimately, that could be the deciding factor when it comes to winning or losing.

Care
True champions care about each other, as they are well aware that they could not be where they are without having been cared for by others.

Excellence
Sport engages us in a collective effort to pursue human excellence.

Joy
Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, said: "The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight. The essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well." Competition can be intense, but you should always first look for joy when practicing any sports. You should never forget about the play even in the heat of the fight
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