Letter to the Editor, by Joy Winston,
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The games have been a great success, more than was dreamed of. The beautiful opening ceremony, the amazing people, the color and fun and the party atmosphere. I have enjoyed the spectacle .
Sadly I have not enjoyed the poor sportsmanship of the crowd particularly when it is a close competition as it was last night in the high jump.
The booing of the world champion was disgraceful and people should hang their heads in shame. One does not have to cheer for competitors from other countries if they don’t wish to, but being respectful and polite is a given.
Their own competitor who won the Gold was clearly embarrassed by his country men at the medal ceremony.
What a shame my memory of the games will be colored by the instances of poor sportsmanship.