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The Importance of Sports in Life

February 1, 2019

The Importance of Sports

“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy”

self confidenceThis proverb throws light on the importance of sports in life. The words “sport” may be roughly defined as anything that diverts a man from the monotony of his routine life. But the word “sport” is technically used only for those activities which man undertakes either for delight or for athletic purposes. There may be outdoor games as well as the indoor games. Cricket, football, hockey, and handball are the example of outdoor games, while chess and table tennis are called indoor games. There are some games that require individual participation, while in other sports the participation of the whole team is required. In shooting, archery, long jump, running and swimming the individual participation is required, whereas in cricket, kho-kho, hockey, and football the teamwork is required.

Sport is sometimes wrongly considered as a waste of time. Some people argue that sports deviate the students’ attention from the study. But they forget the fact that sport is also a part of education. Sport is necessary as a preparation for life. It prepares the man to face the struggle of existence that awaits him. He must have a strong body in order to become successful in his struggle for existence.

The basic purpose of sports is to make the person physically fit. The Greeks were the first who laid the great emphasis on the development of bodies. Many games such as weight-lifting, wrestling, archery etc were popularized by the Greeks. The Olympic games were first started by the Greeks. The marathon race is also associated with the Greeks.

The advantages of sports are many. They keep the person physically fit and sound. They keep the person healthy and away from the diseases. A sound mind dwells only in a sound body. The physically weak persons are often dependent on others and they lose much in their life. The Sanskrit saying says “Sharir Khalu Dharmasadhanam” it means that the body is a means to achieve salvation. Sports play an important part in the character-building of an athlete. When you participate in any sport, you have to follow a set of rules. This provides you a code of conduct that later on develops into a steadiness of character. Sports bring out the inherent qualities of a person. Sports help to develop qualities such as team-spirit, co-operation, and the readiness to take a quick decision in sportsmen. Another important benefit is the spirit of sportsmanship that is developed in the athletes. Sport teaches us to accept out defeats with good grace and open heart and not to have any ill-will against our opponents. It makes life pleasant not only for our own self but also for the persons whom we are to deal. If this sportsmanship is taken in the right spirit, it will teach us a great lesson in life.

Sports remove the monotony of our daily life. They give pleasure not only to the sportsmen but also to the onlookers. In modern times, the sport is often considered as a career-oriented activity. There are many opportunities for sportsmen in various jobs. The due weight is given to the sportspersons in army and police. The top-level sportsmen get handsome gains when they participate in the international competitions. The players are honored and respected the world-wide.

Sport is, no doubt, advantageous to us, but it has its limitations. Interest in sports is a good thing, but when it turns into a mania, it harms us. Many young students often neglect their study for the sake of sports only. During the cricket-series, cricket-maniacs forget their all work and sit idly to the television set for hours. No doubt, the potentially rich sportsmen must be encouraged. But for the other people, their main activity should not suffer merely for the sake of sport.

Our performance in sports at the international level has not been satisfactory. Of course, we have shown good performance in cricket, we have yet to show better performance in other games. The proper attention must be given to sports during school education. The students having potentialities in sports should be searched from the school level. They should be encouraged and trained in their respective games by expert coaches.

 

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