With all the news about sexual assaults and car accidents, here’s some slightly more uplifting news.
Something that would put a smile on your face.
During last week’s WAFF Women’s Club Championship football match between Shabab al Ordon Club and Arab Orthodox Club in Jordan, a sweet moment was captured by fans who were there to witness the event.
Competitions often result in tensions and competitiveness because well, it’s a competition.
You’re there to win, so you kind of have no choice but to go all out. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still forge friendships with your opponents. It doesn’t mean that you can’t display good sportsmanship.
And that’s exactly what happened.
According to Indian Express, things got a little rough during the match and one of the footballers’ hijab came undone.
The Shabab al Ordon players immediately paused the game and crowded around their opponent so that she could fix her hijab without showing her hair to the crowd.
Opposition players huddle around a Hijabi footballer in order to protect her from showing her hair.
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— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 14, 2019
One of them even came into view a little later in the video and it is presumed that she ran over from a distance the moment she saw what happened to offer her help.
Their actions were met with applause from the crowd.
I mean, who wouldn’t applaud them for their respect and good sportsmanship?
The Shabab al Ordon Club ended up winning the tournament which led them to earn the title of regional champions of West Asia.
But hey, I think they’ve earned another title too – most considerate and understanding team towards their opponents.
They’ve portrayed good sportsmanship in the sense that they could have easily taken over the ball from her and scored a goal, but they chose to believe in fair play and paused the game so that their opponent could fix her hijab first.
It is definitely heartening to know that there’s still some good left in this world.