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Much of Lipsyte's nonfiction deals with sports, but here again he rarely takes a conventional  approach. He is especially concerned that children are subjected to sports in negative ways. Sports  should be fun and entertaining; winning need not be the only goal. Although he is not anti-sport, he  is disillusioned by a culture of champions that he calls "Sportsworld." SportsWorld, as Lipsyte points  out in the book by that name, "is a grotesque distortion of sports." It honors the winner more than the  race. As illustrated in  The Contender , Lipsyte values the process more than the result; competing  well is more important than winning itself. Lipsyte was among the first to accept and respect the unconventional prizefighter Muhammad Ali.  His agreement that Ali should be allowed to be himself is echoed in the title of his 1978 book on the 
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