History of Sports
Sports are a rough term to describe but it does fit most sports that we observe today. To most of us, the word sports automatically implies some action that is done outside in the open air. But sports can also be played inside of the four walls of an arena or any other enclosed space where the game takes place. Sports can also be identified by specific sports or sporting events, such as soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and the Olympic games.
Sports is a physical, competitive sporting activity involving total coordination and physical prowess where one person competes against another with the aim of achieving a particular goal. Many sports that are today considered as sports, like ice hockey and football, were once regarded as gymnastics. Today, the Olympic games are a benchmark of human athletic performances and a major, popular source of inspiration and motivation for competitors around the world.
The first Olympics was held in 1900 at the Greece stadium. From this competition, many sports that we see today were shaped. Thus, the Olympic games form the foundation of modern competitive sports. The Olympic Games is divided into four parts and is held in different countries: Russia, France, Germany and England. The Olympic Games is the only games in which athletes from all over the world participate and the Olympic spirit has inspired the entire world.
There are sports that have evolved from the Olympic Games such as football, baseball, sailing and even swimming. Most of these sports have become hugely popular worldwide and many international sports associations have been created to help maintain the Olympic spirit. Some popular Olympic sports are swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, figure skating, basketball and the boxing competition.
The exact definition of a sport will vary from country to country. In America, the dictionary definition of the word sport is “an athletic contest between persons for amusement, usually competitive.” This definition has little relation to the idea of sports as a whole. In Canada the most common definition is “an athletic contest in which two or more persons to compete.” When it comes to international sports competitions, Canada stands out because the word sport is not used in the English language and the word sport is not derived from the French word which describes the competition in the English language.
Thus, there is no clear-cut definition of what a sport is. The term is often used to describe particular sports that occur with physical exertion on a large scale. The history of sports is an interesting one as they evolve from being simple gatherings of individuals in physical activity and endures through the centuries until today where the evolution of technology has led to the technological advancements we see today. Modern day sports competitions exist to challenge the skills, strengths and abilities of the participants while also providing an outlet for social interaction and enjoyment. Through sports competition, individuals are able to develop their physical, mental and emotional well-being.