Monday, 12 November 2012

The Growth of Popular International Sports

Activities that bring the world together are unique and special. Popular international sports offer excitement and fun as they are viewed by people all over the world. Not only are they played by thousands but they are viewed by thousands more.

Every two years the world is given a chance to glimpse the remarkable athleticism offered by the Olympic Games. This series of events offers a chance for the world to see a remarkable diversity of both events and athletes. This gathering of people helps to spread athletic events to people the world over.

All over the world people play different games. Many games evolved based on available materials or perhaps terrain and weather. Games like hockey, soccer, swimming, skiing or track developed from people playing together and having fun.

In colder climates, the natural terrain and weather may have helped activities like hockey and skiing to develop. Although hockey, unlike skiing, is now played in many cases indoors, it is still a very popular outdoor activity in areas where the weather makes it possible. In fact the outdoor weather and the availability of playing surfaces helps younger players have more opportunities to develop their skills.

Unlike many sports, soccer needs relatively little equipment to play. Players need only have a little instruction and a round ball before they can begin this activity. Almost anyone can learn and this popular game is played in many regions of the world.

There are even athletic contests that require no equipment whatsoever. These activities include swimming and running. Swimming can be done by anyone with access to deep enough water. It can be learned by the very young and very old. Many practice this activity daily which contributes to its world wide popularity.

Although some parts of track and field contests do require certain specific equipment anyone can learn to run. The worldwide esteem of these activities is due in part to the lack of any necessary equipment. There are of course many techniques that should be learned by someone who will be competing in one of these activities, however a beginner needs only instruction or motivation.

It is vital that the youth of tomorrow is encouraged to participate in these athletic games. Participation can help children understand the merits of competition, cooperation and sportsmanship. Taking the time to teach a child about a specific contest or game can help foster a lifelong love of the activity. In colder climates even very young children can be taught about games and activities that take place in the region and learn to love them.

A lack of equipment should not lead to a lack of opportunity for our youth. In addition to soccer, swimming and track involve very minimal investments in equipment. Many children need only to have the activity pointed out to them to learn to enjoy it. Youth who participate in athletic contests have an opportunity to learn the love of physical activity and may be healthier adults. Teaching our youth now can help them hone their skills over a lifetime so they can be the competitors in our next generation of games.

There are many worldwide events like the soccer World Cup that show people what an athlete who trains and works very hard can accomplish. Popular international sports give the world a goal and an example to emulate. They bring people and nations together in friendly competition.

By: → Scott Mackenzie

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