n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - An edu-ethical perspective on the nature of truth : case studies in elite youth sport ethics

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of the research is to describe truth as ethical dilemma in youth sport, based on the frame of reference of the ethical-educational objective structure, and the essences and meaningful coherence as non-negotiable essential features thereof (Landman, Barnard, Gerber, Roos, Van der Westhuizen & Smit, 1978). Two case studies were selected. The participants were a fourteen year old female track-and-field sprinter (Athlete X) and a sixteen year old cyclist (Athlete Y) who were found guilty of using banned substances. Data were recorded by means of a semi-structured interview (Giorgi, 1970; Wertz, 1985). The value of this method was to describe experiences and perceptions of people who act in close proximity to the truth. It is concluded that sport officials who are instrumental in the administration of banned substances to elite athletes manage sport with hidden agendas and are engulfed by egocentric avarice, power, fame and success without any consideration for the negative effects their actions have on the athletes' morals and health. In essence this is a misleading and distorted view of sportsmanship. The founding of truth as a moral value calls into existence a permanent and positive value structure which might serve as a frame of reference for the actualisation of a code of conduct for all role players in sport.

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