By Vatican News staff reporter
Pope Francis with Genoa’s Sporting Club Quinto water polo team on Friday in the Sala Clementina at the Vatican.
In brief remarks to the athletes, the Holy Father highlighted two important attitudes in sport: the spirit of the team, and the amateur spirit.
Teamwork and an amateur spirit
“Always work as a team,” the Pope said, because “if there is no team, there is no sport.” He warned about those who want “to go it alone,” who ultimately achieve nothing, or who damage the team by being concerned only with their own image.
He encouraged them, too, to “never lose the amateur spirit,” insisting, “True sport is amateur.”