Sports actually means the physical activities that peoplelove to participate and enjoy plus it also makes them healthyin the process. People who want to involve in sports shouldtry to be organized, skillful and should also be committed tofair play. People usually indulge in sports activities for funand to get the physical exercise that they need to stayhealthy.It's certainly not necessary that everyone can come out awinner as there can only be one winner and these areactivities in which you win some and loose some. So peoplewho are good sportsmanship are always ready to appreciateand congratulate the winner and this displays goodsportsmanship on their behalf.Sports have always been part of history as early civilizationshave also indulged in various sports activities. Gymnasticswas popular in China while artifacts show that swimmingand fishing were very popular sports of the people at thetime of Pharaohs in Egypt.Sports become a prominent part of the Greek culture andwith it started the Olympic Games which is the recognizedsports festival that is organized after every four years andsportsman from all over the world participate in it. OlympicGames have been organized from ancient times and thistradition is still carried on but in a much more regulated andorganized form due to globalization and technicaladvancement
Sports events are essentially social in character. They facilitate the coming together of people from various parts of the country, at a national level, and various parts of the world, at the international level.Sports make people cross cultural barriers and speak a language that is understood by all.The World Sports Congress, held in New Delhi, emphasised that sports could play a major role in promoting and propagating peace, provided one understood the spirit of global participation and the philosophy of sports.This philosophy of sports is based on the assumption that a “game will be played in the spirit of the game”. Rules of decency and decorum will on no account be violated by all those related to sports. The spirit of sports is to embody a combination of qualities such as fairness, courtesy, generosity, grace and decency or in one word ‘sportsmanship’.Sports does not simply involve players, spectators, sports authorities, media, sponsors, in fact each and every group or faction that is even remotely associated with sports is a fundamental part of an event. And all of them, then, are expected to maintain a code of conduct and nurture the sporting spirit.Sportsmanship is the soul or essence of sports. It is a mental or psychological altitude that arouses a sense of fair play. Unless this psychological set-up is maintained, sports would become a testing ground or a show of mere physical prowess and virility. Sports sans sportsmanship is a war, a combat, where winning is an end in itself. If sports encourages the development of a fine character, sports sans sportsmanship encourages outbursts of foul and animal instincts.
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