Sports are events where the participants compete against one another. The rules are set in advance and are based on a recognized organisational structure. The rules of an activity are then implemented and the overall organization and delivery is overseen. This creates a sense of formality and structure to the game. Listed below are five key components of a sports competition. These components can be defined as: (1) The purpose of the competition, (2) the goals and objectives of the competition, and (3) the ability to overcome obstacles in the game.
Physical activities such as sports can enhance one’s physical fitness and overall mental health. Depending on the type of sport, it can also foster social relationships. In addition, it can lead to competitive outcomes at all levels. In colonial America, 50 Turks wrestled to celebrate the circumcision of Murad III’s son. In India, wrestlers commit to a life of spirituality and practice their faith by performing push-ups and reciting mantras.
In America, sports occupied much of the attention of colonial Virginia and Maryland. While hunting was traditionally reserved for landowners, game was abundant and everyone was allowed to participate, including slaves and servants. Therefore, the competitions were viewed as socially neutral. In 1691, Sir Francis Nicholson organized sports competitions for the “better sort of Virginians”. These competitions were open to owners, trainers, and spectators of all classes and races.