The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament is set to happen this week and lucky enough for the Philippines, we have the opportunity to watch the Gilas Pilipinas compete with New Zealand and France live at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay this coming July 5-10, 2016.
After coming from a major heartbreak for losing in the controversial game with China last year, all hopes are high for the Team Gilas that they’ll be able to advance for the next round. The flaming passion and over-flowing support of the fans are expected but the question is can we also do the same sportsmanship outside the court?
Here are the top three passion etiquettes every sports fan need to practice:
1. Be mindful of those around you.
Putting the “fan” in fanatic
Have you experienced being so hyped up watching a game that you start wearing gigantic hats and accessories, invade other people’s space and then start spilling food and drinks all over the place? If yes, then you need a timeout. Because what you’re doing is irritating to those around you!
Bear in mind that you are not the only person watching the game. It’s okay to have fun, but try not to be too rowdy that you may hurt yourself and others around you. This rule applies whether you are watching the game live in the arena, inside a sports café or at the comfort of your own home with family and friends.
2. Don’t be rude.
We know that your heart is set on supporting your team, you cheer and you shout. We get it, but you don’t have to be rude about it. Cheer without calling people names, shout your support without using crude words or worse, making a scene with the opponent’s supporters. True sportsmanship means being competitive but not offensive.
Remember how the internet got totally wrecked with mean tweets, post and memes against China? Well lesson learned. Although it is understandable that we may get dismayed with the results of the game, it is not a good reason to post something offensive online. Remember, it’s not just the Gilas who are representing the country but US as well.
Also, don’t be trigger happy. Don’t start un-liking friends just because they support the opposing team. Remember that the game will eventually end but it doesn’t mean that your friendship needs to end too.
Sportsmanship starts with us. Let our sports passion be converted into motivation – for ourselves and for others as well. Don’t let the aftermath of the event affect your work-life blend negatively. Instead, be an inspiration, gain a friend and most specially, be a good sport.