By Vishwanthar on Inspiration
January 24, 2013
A Story of Altruism was featured in National Geographic channel–a lioness adopts a baby antelope. The video below features it. Contrarily, humans have turned greedy that is unimaginable. Nonetheless, spirit of the human soul is well exhibited in some sporting events. A remarkable event took place in an endurance race. Read the story and be startled. Altruism at its best.
Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:
“But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.”
He said at the beginning: unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …
2 thoughts on “Altruism”
First of all, a complicated topic ‘Altruism’ is! And I was moved by the video of a lioness adopting a baby antelope – the emotional, sensitive and motherly instincts were rekindled in me to a great extent. I too could feel the anguish, the utter confusion and disgust when the baby antelope became prey to another lion. We, the humans, indeed are way far behind to have such values in us. Also the story of two athletes is certainly a lesson to be taught to those who think sports as something completely of victory and defeat but they fail to understand the fact that games and sports are merely activities to build in us good strength and good character; for winning or losing should never matter as far as we have given our 100% effort in the game. Thank you for sharing this blog post Sir and I shall be sharing this write-up with some of my friends as well, hope you don’t mind!
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