A Brief History Of The Origin Of Sports
Sports (or athletic activity) is any forms of generally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual competition, attempt to use, develop or enhance particular physical capability and skills for the purpose of gaining, maintaining or enhancing current physical strength and skill, and in some instances, spectators’ enjoyment. Some sports are so competitively intense that they may even require the intervention of professional athletes, coaches or trainers and may be regulated by governing bodies such as the Professional and Amateur Sports Councils (PASC), the UK Sports Council (USC) or the Olympic Sportsieties International (OSI). While these councils and bodies try to keep standards of play and rules of play fairly standard, any deviation from these strictures can result in sanctions being placed on the event organizers, participants, television or media companies, and anyone else who might be affected by the events, such as spectators and sponsors.
For example, professional bicycle racing is an endurance event with one group of athletes racing against all other teams of athletes from around the world, aiming to complete the distance without anything stopping them. In most cases, bicycles and racing tracks are regularly set up before the actual competition to allow the teams to get used to racing and practicing together before the actual races, and a number of ‘live’ elements also makes for interesting spectacles. However, other sports have evolved over time and adapted to new types of physical contest, including motor sports like motocross, jet skiing, karting, motocross, sailing, horse racing, gymnastics, tap-out wrestling and mixed martial arts.
The Olympic Games, held every four years in places like London, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney, are a significant and well-honored way for countries to show off their sports skills, with each game normally consisting of several different sports and disciplines, though often including fencing, swimming and canoeing as part of the overall competition. The games are widely regarded as a measure of the countries sporting ability and are seen to promote fair play, though some sports may be subject to extra regulation to protect the participants and the sport itself. Some sports are covered more fully than others – for example, fencing is now covered in the Olympic Games as an actual event rather than a part of a series of events.