Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope urges athletes to avoid doping

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Vatican City, December 17 - Pope Benedict XVI told
a delegation of medal-winning Olympic athletes on Monday not to
be "tempted by drugs".
The pontiff held an audience with the Italian Olympic
Committee (CONI), Paralympic and Olympic team members
congratulating them on the 28 medals they won at the 2012 London
Games.
"The pressure to win should never prompt you to take
short-cuts," the 85-year-old pope said.
Benedict urged team managers and coaches to be "witnesses
of good humanity" and "masters of fair and clean sportsmanship".
"Patience and humility are the secret to victory, though
rarely applauded," he said.
Sport is both cultural and educational, with the capacity
to "reveal one's deeper human values," said the pope.

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