Schools need to give children access to more competitive sport, not less, according to former Olympian Roger Bannister.
Bannister, who shot to fame by running the first sub-four minute mile, believes PE lessons at school need to be competitive, reports the Mail Online.
"In some schools PE can be easily got out of," he said. "It's not attractive because there's no competition. "Or they have to get on a bus somewhere to get their because their playing fields have been sold off to fund a computer room."
He added that he believes children are harmed in any way by losing in competitive sports and that he felt "terribly strongly" about the issue.
"Children like competing. They don't suffer an emotional crippling for life if they come second or third in the egg and spoon race," he was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.
Bannister's outburst comes after a study found that children are no longer interested in winning. The survey showed that 64% of students would be "relieved or not bothered" if competition was removed for the sport they played.
This led experts into warning that Britain could lose its competitive edge, from the youth levels, all the way up into senior and professional sport.
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