The Evolution of Sports

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Sports has been practiced since the dawn of man but only recently has it been accepted as a noble past-time which has stretched throughout every culture and brought with it an unprecedented change on civilization and the nature of human beings. In the 20th century, the Western hemisphere has only begun to embrace the change of sports. Around this time period, Greece and the whole Middle-East began to organize sports in a more formal and open fashion. Considering that sports was vastly important for centuries in Greece, even more so than in Europe and in the West, it is no surprise that their millennia-long tradition evolved into one of the most celebrated sports event around the globe, namely, the Olympics. Sports has unequivocally impacted human life for centuries and even more so now, becoming a paramount source for entertainment and simultaneously preparing the world for social evolution. The journey begins in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of possibly the most globally celebrated sports event—the Olympics. In 1896 modern Olympics marked the beginning of a tradition that would be perpetuated for over a century. It was first held in Athens, Greece which is where its predecessor, Ancient Olympics, was also celebrated. It is, therefore, understandable to see why Athens is viewed as the home to the Olympics. However, modern Olympics have been held in various major countries such as France, United States of America, and United Kingdom. This gave participating countries a chance to experience the responsibility of constructing a stadium and housing the esteemed athletes who perform in the Olympics. Both the political and economic impact the Olympics has on the countries that it is held in always foster great enthusiasm and anxiety. ... ... middle of paper ... ...William Moller. “Why Sport Matter” They Say, I Say: With Readings. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. 545-551. Print. "Ancient Olympic Games." First Olympics in Olympia www.olympic.org. Comite International Olympique, 10 May 2012. 08 Nov. 2013. http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games. Web. Freudenheim, Ellen. "The Olympic Truce: A Romantic, Alluring Olympic Tradition" Huffington Post. The Huffington Post.com, Inc., 26 July 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-freudenheim/the-olympic-truce_b_1702173.html. Halliday, Stephen. "London's Olympics, 1908." History Today. History Today LTD, 2008. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. http://www.historytoday.com/stephen-halliday/london’s-olympics-1908. Maratta, Sara. “Move Over Boys, Make Room in the Crease” They Say, I Say: With Readings. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. 537-543. Print.
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