Funding part of the motivation for bad behaviour in sport - expert

Morning Talk 13/04/2018

A sports psychologist has given an insight into the mindset of top athletes who display bad behaviour on the field.

Professor Gary Hermansson from Massey University competing for funding sometimes makes athletes misbehave during a competition.

“The fear of losing becomes heightened,” he told Mark Sainsbury.

The expert’s comments come after mountain bike champion Sam Gaze accused NZ his own teammate Anton Cooper of bad sportsmanship at the Commonwealth Games.

Gaze has since apologised for his post-race outburst.

“There’s always a fine edge about being able to win with dignity and being able to lose with dignity as well.”

Gaze suffered mechanical difficulties entering the final lap of their seven-lap event at the Nerang State Forest on Thursday afternoon, but mounted a miraculous comeback to overhaul Cooper and South African Alan Hatherly to snatch the gold medal.

Listen to the full interview with Gary Hermansson above. 

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