The Big Ask: Is it really the taking part that counts?

As the Rio 2016 Olympics near Vision asks if participation in sport is all that really matters

His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council

His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council

‘Sport is of course about competing, winning and trying to be the best but it is also about helping communities come together, participate and live healthy lives. Here in the UAE, sport is part of our national identity and Dubai takes pride in hosting some of the greatest sporting competitions in the world.’

Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter, Founder of Michael Johnson Performance

Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter, Founder of Michael Johnson Performance

‘I was never happy with poor performances, but the value I could gain from assessing them allowed me to improve… being driven by not wanting to experience that feeling was a major incentive.’

Massimiliano Allegri, Manager of Italian football club Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri, Manager of Italian football club Juventus

‘I think that football is happiness and fun but in football you still need to think about winning because that’s the thing that counts. To arrive at this objective we need to take the path of playing beautiful football, having great intensity, working on tactics and technique.’