Laura Sárosi handed over her own spare shoes to her opponent, who then won the game, writes szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu.
The Hungarian badminton player, Laura Sárosi showed what fair play truly was, her humane action astonished the world, which now celebrates her as a hero. She had a really important game at the European Championships, she played to get qualified to the Olympics in Rio, as winning at such a Championship would give many points to the victor, more than other competitions.
Her opponent was Karin Schnaase in the second round of the Champs, a German competitor, who got into an unexpected situation. Schnaase’s shoes broke during the match, and she did not have spare ones, so she could not continue the match (according to rules, there was no option for her to leave the court and get new shoes somehow). If it were not for the Hungarian player!
Laura Sárosi could have easily gained victory simply by just waiting, but, instead, she acted as a true sportswoman when she lent her own spare shoes to Schnaase, thus, making her able to continue the game, which actually ended with the German’s victory. However, Sárosi is celebrated among sportspeople for her selfless and beautiful act.
According to hvg.hu, the German Badminton Association will support Sárosi to get a wild card entry to the Olympics, which she would truly deserve for helping her opponent in finishing the game. President of the Hungarian Badminton Association, József Csorba expressed his hopes towards the decision of the International Association, that can give away three wild cards.
Csorba said Sárosi will be on top of the world list of applicants for the wild card, and he really believes she should get one, for she proved what an amazing sportswoman she was and also called attention to the sport itself. Her help meant a lot in getting acceptance and recognition for badminton, which was also in a complete harmony with the basic concept of the Olympics.
The wild card is the only remaining opportunity for Sárosi to get to Rio, as she lost the match against Schnaase and the Estonian Kati Tolmoff won against Olga Konon by which she got ahead Sárosi on the score list, kicking the Hungarian out of the last position for which a quota could have been given. The decision of the International Association about the wild cards will be known in the second half of May.
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Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, hvg.hu