Ancient Olympics and Sports
Sports have become an integral part of most people’s lives; whether you are a fan or a participant. There is a large influence of sports on our culture, both directly and indirectly, through sport-entertainment and entertainment. Today, in schools and universities, professional sport leagues and teams are increasingly making their presence felt. In general, it has been shown that participating in sports encourages positive aspects in students’ lives, allowing them to develop skills which they might not otherwise acquire, or be able to apply in their everyday lives.
Organised sports are typically governed by a set of unwritten rules or traditions, which ensure fair play, and enable consistent adjudication of a game’s winner. For popular sports, such as basketball and soccer, the rules are generally governed by national associations, while less popular sports are generally governed by individual clubs. In more prestigious sport leagues, reports of physical contests are also often made, and the results are broadcast or reported in media outlets.
The rise of professionalism in sports in the eighteenth century marked the dawn of modern sports. The English Football Association (EAFA) was formed in 1856, with the first matches held in Manchester, England. The EAFA began life as the “ateurs’ league” before evolving to become the EAFA, now known simply as the FA. The first modern sports newspaper, the Illustrated London News, was launched by the now bankrupt Independent Sport Magazine in 1876. The London Eveninglegraph followed suit a few years later.
During the mid eighteen hundreds, the first official sports newspaper in the UK was published. The National Football Association (NFL) was founded the following year, in 184. A few decades later, the English Football Association (EAFA) was formally established. This association was based at London Irish Stadium, which was owned and operated by the Football Association of Ireland. The first official modern sports magazine in the UK was started in the same year. It was called Sports Journal and lasted for three years.
Sports tournaments and events spread across Britain over the nineteenth century. The most notable events included the Irish Grand Prix, the Auto Cup, the St. Leger Rugby Tournament, and the Epsom Beach Football Tournament. A number of different sports paraphernalia were used during these events. Such items included, racing bikes, baseball bats, boxing gloves, and the now popular tennis racquets. Many of these sporting items had the additional benefit of being used in Greek athletic contests and chariot races.
Chariot racing has been around for hundreds of years, having originated in Greece. Modern day chariot races are conducted in many countries around the world, by professional athletes using remote controls driven by human beings. Many spectators may feel that these types of sports can be violent, and in some cases they can be. However, they are still a lot of fun to watch, despite the occasional risk.