The 10 commandments of track and field athletics

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Despite the fiercely competitive nature of athletics, gaining respect on the circuit is something that all athletes crave. Athletics is a sport steeped in tradition, and this tradition must be respected!

With the indoor season fast approaching, below is a rundown of the 10 commandments of track and field athletics, which athletes should uphold at all times:

  1. Thou shalt not use thy spikes for any other purpose than that for which they were intended.
  2. Thou shalt not leave thy current club for a neighbouring rival.
  3. Thou shalt take great care to avoid decorating other athletes when discharging phlegm.
  4. Thou shalt always respect one’s body; thou shalt rest if rest is needed.
  5. Thou shalt always buy the brightest, most colourful kit on the market.
  6. Distance athletes shalt remember Sunday is long run day, and shalt keep it holy.
  7. Thou shalt always keep thy leading foot behind, NOT ON, the line when starting a race.
  8. Thou shalt not lie about thy times, distances or heights because the power of 10 God is all-knowing and easily accessible.
  9. Thou shalt not use social media platforms as training diaries; diaries are personal by definition.
  10.  Thou shalt always be humble and gracious in victory, mediocrity and defeat.