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November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Sports

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Sports are activities involving physical skill and exertion which are governed by rules are customs and are usually engaged in competitively, either by a team or an individual. Sports are one of the most popular forms of recreation in the world, and a vast variety of different sports are played by athletes and watched by avid spectators.

Sports are an ancient activity practiced even on an organized level by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Mayans. In fact, the earliest Olympic Games were played in Olympia, Greece in 776 B.C. where they were played in honor of Zeus. The first professional sport played by teams was cricket, which was played professionally by the mid 1600's. By 1840 codified rules were introduced to baseball in the U.S., and in the U.S. professional football became distinct from amateur football by 1870.

Professional sports are sports in which the athletes are paid for their performance. Some of the most popular professional sports in the world are soccer, American football, basketball, baseball and hockey. Professional sports organizations include the English Premier League, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League. Boxing, rugby, and golf are other popular professional sports.

The International Olympic Committee defines Olympic Sports as any of the sports contested in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. The term Olympic Sports is also used in the U.S. to refer to NCAA intercollegiate sports that do not generate revenue for the colleges. Olympic sports include fencing, swimming, synchronized diving, speed skating, archery, gymnastics and many others.

Sports are a universal and ubiquitous cultural force enjoyed by both spectators and athletes and implemented as part of most educational programs. Sports are beneficial in that they develop physical strength and agility, can build confidence, and can teach cooperation among team members.

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