The Meaning of Sports

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In today's era of modernisation, 'sports' have become a popular topic of discussion around the globe especially among youngsters. The government, society and even NGO's are implementing many new ways to cultivate sports for all. They have always been trying to improve the sports in their country. This is especially to bring up the name of the nation in international events such as the Olympics, World Cups and so on. Sports is an important ingredient for a healthy lifestyle. The question that arises in our minds now is, why is it very important for us to be active and fit and get involved in sports? Why is sports is needed by all group of individuals? In order to understand this, we must first know what does 'Sports' actually mean.

The word "Sport" actually originated from the Old French desport which means "leisure". American English uses the term "sports" as a general type of recreational activity, whereas other regional dialects use the singular "sport". The French word for sport is based on the Persian word bord, which means "winning" or "win". The Chinese term for sport, tiyu means physical training. In The modern Greek term for sport is Αθλητισμός (athlitismos), directly cognate with the English terms "athlete" and "athleticism" but the oldest definition of “sport” in English (1300) is of anything humans find amusing or entertaining. Other meanings include gambling and events staged for the purpose of gambling; hunting; and games and diversions, including ones that require exercise. Roget's defines the noun sport as an "activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement" with synonyms including diversion and recreation. In today's world sports is generally defined as all forms of physical activity which aim is to use, maintain, or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants. Sports might be very competitive, where a winner or a group of winners can be identified by objective means, and in a high degree of skill is required, this is very important when competing at higher levels. There are many different types of sports that exist in today's era. Some sports may only require a single participant but some other sports cannot commence if either one the teams competing, do not have enough team mates. In some case, non-physical activities, such as indoor games that mostly uses the power of the mind such as board games and card games are also referred to as a type of sports, but in generally, Sports are recognised as being based in physical activities and athleticism.

In today's global society, racism in not a very sensitive issue as how it used to be. People should have no difference among one another and one should not generalize each other. Sport is considered as the best way to create integration between nations especially between the diverse races in Malaysia. Many NGO's have been formed to commercialize and organize activities in specific sports. The main reason they do this is to cultivate a sense of togetherness in our nation. As an example, many organisation focused on how to cultivate the sense of togetherness among the people and how to work strategically and in an more organised way of strengthening and deepening relationships between races and ethics around the globe by conducting fun, motivational and inspiring activities by using sports, culture and arts as their main tool.

Sports is surely an amazing medium to provide, educate and to carry out many inspiring activities. This is why sports should be cultivated among all the societies around every corner of the globe for the betterment of the humanity. Sports should be all and not for only the young and vibrant one. This is because sports is not something that only the young enjoying doing but even the old. For an example, Pierre de Coubertin once mentioned, “All sports for all people.” He said this so that the entire world know that everyone, and he means every single being, should be given the chance to...
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