“Fair play is a complex concept that comprises and embodies a number of fundamental values that are not only integral to sport but relevant in everyday life.
Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules such as integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learnt both on and off the field."
International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP)
September 7th is the World Fair Play Day: it is a sports initiative designed to promote fair play and Ethical Values in sport. On this day in 1963 the founding members of what was to become the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP), met for the first time on the initiative of the French Tennis Champion Jean Borotra.
This day is an opportunity to highlight the sport principles that inspire individuals and peaceful societies and celebrate values that the true sport reminds us everyday.
Para Rafting teams competing at the World Rafting Championship, July 2021
Fair play is not only about athletes: the power of example is transversal in society, that is why we need to highlight and empower the values it embodies. Coaches, trainers, referees, parents, friends, supporters and practitioners belong to the sport world and are an integral part that can promote fair play by worldwide projects and small simple gestures, in sport, society and life itself.
Fair play on the field develop better individuals also off the field: communities learn respect, integrity, solidarity, tolerance, inclusion, fraternity, sharing, exchange, as well as self-control and self-development. the sport impact on concepts and issues are wider than sport including integrity, equal opportunities, social inclusion and disability, race and gender equality.
RX discipline: Women, Men and Mix teams competing
"WRF is doing its best to promote all these values and we think that fair play include all of them. In our sport we are all in the same boat and we will paddle forward following the fair play line." WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared.
“Sport is one of the best metaphors in life: it means experience that constantly improves and tests our behavior; fair play is a concrete attitude that we manifest in action, not in theory.”