Sportsmanship the way it's supposed to be

If your competitors, your rivals, showed up for a big canoe and kayak meet, and the boats that she and her team thought they had waiting for them suddenly weren't ready as billed, and if you had boats you could lend, would you? If you said no, you would surely deny those rivals, the American racers, a key qualifying opportunity on the way to the London Olympics in 2012.

If you said yes, sure, you might complicate your own Olympic qualification.


A few weeks ago, when this exact situation presented itself at an event called the Sprint PanAms, held in Mexico City, officials from the Canadian canoe and kayak federation didn't even hesitate.

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