Life Orientation

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Grade 12 Life Orientation Daniel Gewer

Sport as a Unifier

1. Yes. I do believe that sporting events contribute to unifying a nation. Before a sport event, be it a rugby, soccer or cricket etc match the national anthems of the respected countries are played. No matter what colour, race or religion everyone stands up in the stadium and sings the national anthem of the country they are representing. History proves that sport events contribute to unifying a nation. South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995. Apartheid had just ended as Nelson Mandela had just come in to power. The Springboks won the tournament and Nelson Mandela wore the number 6 Springbok jersey- the jersey worn by a white Afrikaner, Francois Pienaar. The whole country
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It shows Nelson Mandela wearing Francois Pienaars springbok shirt whilst congratulating the former South African rugby captain, Francois Pienaar. This was when the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Image 3 shows the whole of South Africa supporting Bafana Bafana during the 2010 Fifa World cup.
Image 4 shows the whole of South Africa literally behind Cameron Van der Burgh when he broke the world record at the 2012 Olympic games. It shows the country swimming behind him and supporting him and cheering him on.

2.2 I fully believe that each of the events have created a unifying atmosphere in South Africa. The whole country felt united when Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar embraced in a gesture of racial reconciliation at The 1995 Rugby World Cup final. This is a historical event as this was the moment when South Africa was truly united after years of Apartheid. Mandela was wearing the number 6 Springbok jersey, the jersey of Francois Pienaar, a symbol previously reviled by non-whites in the country as it was so strongly identified with the apartheid era. This proves how the whole country came together after years of
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It did not matter if you were black or white, male or female, everyone was backing him. This brought the whole country together. When Cameron won and broke the world record, the whole country was in celebrations.

Doping in Sport

2.1 No as rules have to be kept and the only way athletes will not dope is if there is drug testing at sporting events however, it could be a violation as Many athletes contend that the system does not guarantee enough freedom from testers, saying the arrangement violates their right to privacy. However, it is not as once a sportsperson devotes themselves to a sport or team, they are obiding to the laws of that specific sport or team and are therefore committing themselves to not doping.

2.2 Yes. It is important that school children get tested for drugs as they are young and have their whole futures ahead of them. It is a lesson to show that drugs are not accepted at a professional level and they can destroy ones career.

2.3 Yes. If one is very ill then they should be allowed to take drugs. The only way in which doping should be allowed is if the sportsperson needs the substance for a medical reason. This must be accompanied by proof from more than one medical

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