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Does it mean

  1. He doesn't have a strong will to win
  2. Gods do not decide that he should win

Bonus: How those 2 meaning of determined related? One means strong will, another means predestination.

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It almost certainly means the first. To have the second meaning unambiguously it would have to be something like Some people are predestined not to win. But, as I have to keep saying, it all depends on the context.

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