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JUNE12 - JULY13: THEWORLDCUP2014
byMicoDelianovaLicastro
Plenty is taught to our children on
techniques and smarts of the
various sports disciplines
they engage in—from
soccer to basketball, from
baseball to cycling or
swimming—but they
are not instructed
well enough on
what we call
“sportsmanship.”
This concept,
which is at the
core of the Olympic
Movement, holds
that sport and
physical activities can
play a crucial role in
giving our children self
esteem, gratification,
and in teaching them
to interact with other
children in a jovial
environment.Teaching
sportmanship to children
also involves explaining
how a proper diet, with
healthy food and products
appropriate for their age will
make themgrow into adulthood
as free as possible of medical
complications, emergency visits to
the hospitals, lost days at school.
Right now, regardless of the sport
they lovemost they have soccer
in their minds as they are going
to be single-mindedly focused on
theWorld Cup. Like an enormous
chunk of the world population,
our childrenwill be lifted to high
emotions watching the sparkling
dancing of young players on the
green grass of 12 Brazilian fields
of dreams. Few of the 32 countries
that are taking part in the finals
of theWorld Cup have already
set their eyes on the players who
will travel to Brazil. Germany for
instance, whose national team
coach is JoachimLöw, and the
host country of Brazil, where
their national “mister” Luiz Felipe
Scolari has already selected its
final team roster of 23 players.
In Italy’s case, our national
team“mister”Cesare Prandelli,
announced that for sure Giuseppe
Rossi, who has been injured
and is not playing right now,
will be in Brazil with the team,
andmight be called up even
at the last minute if the
doctors give the OK.After
the recent one-zip loss to
Spain (the 13th loss out
of 14 “friendly” games
played) we can expect
“mister” Prandelli to
give us some surprises
for hismagnificent
eleven-plus list.This
World Cup could be
the last one for him,
so he will do all he can to give
ItalyThe Cup! I’msure all our
kids, by age or bymind-set,
are with himon this one. Last
but not least, Rossi was born in
Teaneck, NJ, whichmakes all
ItalianAmericans proud andmay
contribute to consolidate soccer in
the States.
Let’s use theWorld Cup and all
the interset it will rise as a great
opportunity to introduce our
children to sportmanship.This is
the right moment to do so.
The World Cup of soccer to be
played in Brazil is kicking off
in a short fewweeks. I wish
to use this opportunity to start
a reflection on sports and
children. The Italian National
Olympic Committee (CONI)
believes sport activitiesmust
be part of a healthy lifestyle
to be taughts to our children
so that they growup good
athletes and goodmembers
of society.
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