In my own words, in its simplest understanding, Sports represent a physical or intellectual competition in form of single, player vs player or team vs team contests, taking place in casual or organized events, aimed to decide who is going to utilize their skills in the best way possible in order to achieve the ultimate goal — which is to win.
The colossal list with the Sports is indeed overwhelmingly impressive. Just in 2003, according to the World Sports Encyclopedia, it was estimated that there are 8,000 indigenous Sports and Sporting games such as:
== Acro sports
== Air sports
== Ball-over-net games
== Basketball family
== Bat-and-ball (safe haven)
== Baton twirling
== Board sports
== Catch games
== Combat sports: wrestling and martial arts
== Mixed or hybrid
and many more…….
Usually, Sport activities involve participants in a breathtaking atmosphere of competition, serving in the same time as a great source of entertainment for spectators.
The word “sport” is believed to be coming from the Old French “desport” which means “leisure”, having oldest definition in English from approximately 1300 signifying “anything humans find amusing or entertaining”.
There is a very big variety of the ways, frequency and specifics attributed to all these Sports for both Summer and Winter time, indoor and outdoor…
Artifacts and structures indicate Sport in China as early as 2000 BC. A lot of them are a simpler form of the ones we modified and adjusted as the time went by.
Gymnastics seems to have been popular in China’s ancient history. There are Monuments to the Pharaohs, showing that a number of Sports, comprising swimming and fishing, were well-developed and regulated a few thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt. Other Egyptian Sports included the ones such as: javelin throwing, high jump and wrestling. Ancient Persian Sports as for example the traditional Iranian martial art of Zourkhaneh had a direct connection to warfare abilities. Amongst other Sports that had their origin in ancient Persia are polo and jousting.
Motorised Sports have emerged on the scene since the arrival of the modern age.
Electronic Sports are obviously a recent development.
A wide number of Sports were already instituted by the period of Ancient Greece and the military culture and the progression of Sport in Greece influenced each other to a considerable extent. Sports became such an emphasized portion of their culture that the Greeks invented the Olympic Games, that in ancient age were held once in 4 years in a small village in the Peloponnesus called Olympia.
Sports were more and more organised and regulated from the period of the ancient Olympics up to the present century. Industrialization brought along enhanced leisure time, allowing people to attend and follow spectator Sports and take part in athletic competitions. These trends prolonged with the advent of world wide communications and mass media. Professionalism became prevalent and imposed in pretty much each of them, further adding to the increment in Sport’s awareness and popularity, as Sports fans followed closely the exploits of professional athletes – all while enjoying in the same time the exercise and competition colligated with amateur involvement in Sports. Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been uprising debate about whether transgender sportspersons should be allowed to engage in Sport championships that comply with their post-transition gender identity.
Unfortunately, as with everything else, there are some less pleasant things related to Sports as well, namely: the high-competitive nature of Sport gives reasons to some participants to try to enhance their performance and results via the utilization of medicines, or via other means like enhancing the volume of blood in their bodies, appealing to artificial methods.
All Sports confirmed by the IOC or SportAccord are obliged to include a testing program, searching for a list of prohibited drugs, with suspensions or bans to be applied on partakers who test positive for prohibited substances.
Some people are also complaining that although Sports are a pretty demanded thing in our society, the participants are unfairly paid with too big amounts of money for their performances in comparison with other activities across our industries.
In conclusion, I would say Sports is definitely something that our civilization should be proud of; especially the physical ones, since in our increasingly more computerized and digitized style of life — people are motivated by Sports to just get out there and engage in physical activities, which are very refreshing for both the body and mind.