Swine Flu's Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Athletes are trying to avoid H1N1. But must friendly gestures lose out?

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Should Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who had flulike symptoms in September, keep his mitts off the fans?

Will Swine Flu kill sportsmanship as we know it? In order to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, several sports entities have either actively encouraged or outright ordered that athletes ditch that time-tested, germ-infested ritual, the handshake before or after a game. The Swedish soccer association, Canadian Olympic Committee, Ohio State football team and New England Small College Athletic Conference are among those trying to kibosh the palm-to-palm. "Shaking hands is just a way for us to increase the risk of getting ill," says Bob McCormack, the chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team. Vancouver is hosting the 2010...

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