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October 21 2021 8:43 PM ˚

Corruption in sport: Can a coach be ethically ‘corrupt’?

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AMMAN — Corruption is defined as dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power by the Oxford dictionaryاضافة اعلان

If the coach has power over his/her players, but is dishonest or fraudulent in his/her conduct with the players, would the coach be deemed corrupt?

On the other hand, Oxford dictionary defines dishonesty as deceitfulness shown in someone’s character or behavior. 

What if the coach “behaves” in a way that negatively affects the long-term development of the athlete, would the coach be dishonest?

For example, coach A is given a task of managing a sports team.

During a tough financial period, the coach asks his players to take a pay cut to help with the financial situation of the team, and the players, feeling they would not continue with the team or that their participation would be affected if they do not agree, eventually agree to the pay cut.

Later on, $100,000 is given to the coach to develop his group of athletes.

The coach decides that $50,000 needs to be spent on a new car which will be mainly used for his transportation.

In one study, 82 percent of individuals involved in sports believed that coach acted dishonesty. While 86 percent believed, the coach should be deemed corrupt.

Corrupt and dishonest behaviors affect players directly and indirectly.

They affect their short and long-term development, and they negatively influence the mental and emotional state of the athlete, which will influence the performance of the players (79 percent believed such actions are detrimental to player’s performance).

Bill Belichick, an American football coach with a record five Super Bowl Wins, was once quoted saying: “Good players cannot overcome bad coaching”.

Amazingly, 100 percent of a group of sports-involved readers, such as players and coaches, agreed with this quote.

Are we doing enough to ensure a safe and healthy environment for development of our athletes?

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