Dr. Albert Spencer, Professor of Physical Education at Limestone College, was interviewed recently by China Radio International (Beijing) for their news/talk program "People in the Know."
Dr. Albert Spencer
Dr. Spencer was a featured guest for a segment regarding ethics in Olympic sports.
You can listen to the intereview here .
During the interview, Dr. Spencer talks about various examples of ethical athletic issues including doping (the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport) and the expulsion of eight female badminton players from three Asian nations for match-throwing in the London games.
Days before the XXX Olympiad began, Dr. Spencer was a featured speaker of Oxford Round Table international session on the topic of sports and culture. The title of his presentation was "A Faith-Based Perspective: Ethics and Sports." Other topics discussed at the conference were sports and law, sociology of sports, sports and nationalism, and the psychology of sports and leisure.
Dr. Spencer's original essay about the subject of ethics and sports was published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue, XII (2000).
"(There is a) complex nature of how sport can transcend cultural, political, and economic divisiveness through a union with Judaeo-Christian ethical and spiritual values," Dr. Spencer wrote. "Although religion and sport both involve the synthesis of the mind, body, and spirit, there are valid questions about the uses and abuses of sport in society. The central issues concern proper professional and sports conduct. The significance of competition and winning among athletes, coaches, and fans presents a challenge to the integration of ethical principles between sport and faith. Some sports practitioners are able to make this bond successfully, exemplified by the witness of individuals like Christy Mathewson, Eric Liddell, Nile Kinnick, Sandy Koufax, John Wooden, and Pat Summitt. Relevant to any consideration of the symbiotic relationship between religion and sport is the potential for sport, nurtured through the sacredness of faith, to serve as a means for developing various aspects of human virtue."
A longtime resident of Gaffney, Dr. Spencer is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. He has a bachelor's degree in education from Slippery Rock State College (Slippery Rock, Pa.), and a master's in library science from Clarion University (Clarion, Pa.). He has doctorates in library science and physical education from Florida State University. Before joining the Limestone faculty, he taught at Atlanta University, Emory University, Rice University and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.