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The Olympic Games In Movies: Match By Director Andrey Malyukov

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For centuries sport has brought out the best qualities of human character – kindness, open-heartedness, resilience, camaraderie, and team spirit. Sport helped overcome hardships and lift up spirits. Numerous books and movies have been created that depict and emphasize the role of sport in the society. Many of them tell amazing stories of the lives and achievements of individual athletes and teams who inspire both their contemporaries and future generations. Over centuries, sport united people and nations, fostered mutual understanding and promoted conflict resolution. Indeed, in early the history, wars stopped when Olympic Games began, and sporting competitions united yesterday’s enemies and ...view middle of the document...

The key focus is placed on positive and humanitarian aspects of sports, especially at the times of great hardship, but some negative aspects of politicising sports are also touched upon.

Road to Valoris, an inspiring against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, an Italian cyclist who won the Tour de France twice–in 1938 and ten years later in 1948, and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.“Match” is a touching tribute to the heroic struggle and death of the Ukrainian Dynamo (later called Start by Nazis) Soccer team and their goalie and captain Nikolai Ranevich in the Nazi–occupied Kiev in 1942. Both the book and movie are based on true stories and are epic accounts of excellent sportsmanship, outstanding bravery, and the remarkable perseverance of athletes.
For a true sportsman, it is both imperative and natural to observe the rules of sports in real life. These imply honesty and fair play, co-operation, camaraderie and discipline and subordination, as well as open-heartedness and the ability to accept defeat.True sportsmanship goes beyond stadiums and arenas; it is reflected in anything and everything done on and off the field of competition and in many aspects of life.
Both Gino Bartali, Nikolai Ranevich and the Start soccer team exhibited true sportsmanship throughout their lives. For Gino, it started from his early childhood when he strived to ride his bike as far and as quick as he only could. He was hardworking and relentless in training and pushing for success, and in 1935 he reached professional levels. Gino’s career reached its peak when clouds of Nazism gathered over Europe. In 1937, Gino for the first time took part in the race of his dreams - Tour de France, in spite of the fact that at that time, he was still fighting off a bout of pneumonia. His first race was a tough one – he led the way initially, then during a heavy rain he encountered a terrible accident. He slipped off the road, was thrown off the bridge into an Alpine terrain and the cold river. Shivering and injured, he continued the race. Gino’s true sportsmanship impressed the tour organiser who commented, “Bartali emerged as an angel covered in mud”. Yet unfortunately, being under ideological pressure, the Italian Cycling Federation unexpectedly announced Gino’s withdrawal from the race. Gino accepted this situation with dignity. Later, Mussolini’s regime tried to make Gino Bartoli a poster boy. But being a true and honest sportsmen, he stayed away from politics, distanced himself from fascists. He was truly dedicated to sports, even though not praising the dictator almost cost him his hard-earned sports career.
Nikolai Ranevich and the Dynamo team were examples of sportsmanship icons of the pre-war USSR. Brave, kind, open-minded and easy-going, simple next-door guys, they always gave their best to the game, making sure that their fans had a reason to be proud of them. As true sportsmen and teammates, they all rushed to enlist in the army to defend...

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