The unacknowledged & underrated aspect of Olympics: Sisterhood of sportsmanship; still alive


This year, the Rio Olympics 2016 has displayed many proud incidents that have captured the true Olympian spirit, especially that aspect of this world famous sports event, which goes unacknowledged and underrated. That is the undying sisterhood of sportsmanship.

Rio Olympics has shown us two very such incidents that have proved that the Olympics Games are not only about countries competing each other for medals, rather something much more dynamic than that. It is about people uniting with each other and helping each other in the times of crisis, even if that needed sacrificing a position in the competition.

To begin with, the selfie that created a lot of stir in the media. Yes, the brief moment of unity, where the gymnasts, Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-jong of the North took a quick selfie together smiling, at the time of training prior the beginning of the Games.


While North and South Korea are technically facing a lot of tension in recent months with each, with latest missile launches from Pyongyang; these two women have truly captured the Olympic spirit.

The political scientist Ian Bremmer also tweeted, “This is why we do the Olympics.”

Meanwhile few take it with a cynical point of view, most of them hailed it as one of the most iconic photo of the Olympics Games.

Now moving on to one of the greatest acts of not only sportsmanship but sisterhood got displayed on the running 5000m track, where Kiwi and American runners help each other all through till the end, after they collided with each other.


Nikki Hamblin, of New Zealand, and Abbey D’Agostino, of the US, collided at the time of a preliminary warmup for the women’s 5,000-meter race at the Olympics Rio games. Instead of attempting to catch up, D’Agostino chose to help the fallen Hamblin to get up her feet. Hamblin later returned the kindness when D’Agostino collapsed in the race later on.

Both the women crossed the finish line together and hugged each other once the race was finished. It was one of the most touching moments of the Olympics. D’Agostino had torn her ACL and meniscus and both the women had lost their chances to win a position in the game, but their heart touching act of sportsmanship have made them win a rare honorary award, the Pierre de Coubertin medal.


This medal has been named in honor of the French founder of the modern Olympic Games. Inaugurated in 1964, since then only 17 have been granted worldwide.  Out of which 16 have been awarded to men. The only time when the Pierre de Coubertin medal was awarded to a woman was in the 2007 to Elena Novikova-Belova, a former Soviet fencer and four-time Olympic champion in foil competitions.