The Changing Forms of Sports

Sports are often governed by some sort of codes or traditions, which aim to ensure fair play, and prevent unfair discrimination of the loser, or give consistent adjudication of who is the rightful winner. In more popular sports, statistics of performance are regularly kept, and in lesser sports, such as table tennis, where the outcome is rarely pre-determined, the decisions made can be more open, and honest. However, there is still room for improvement. There have been recent calls for sports that are popular to be subject to some sort of global standard.


Climbing has been a part of many sports, with people literally running down the high rope to try and achieve an incredible feat. Mountain climbing and rock climbing in particular have had their share of followers, but with the sport is becoming more mainstream, new styles are starting to take over. One example is table tennis, where the changes in climbing style brought about by the popularity of the sport led to players adopting newer techniques, such as the reverse dive.

Another sport that has changed with the times is swimming. Swimming was always considered a leisure activity that was banned in many sports, including competitive swimming, until the early 1900s. Since then, swimming has become a part of many sporting disciplines. Competitive swimming, for example, saw an increase in the number of people competing in the Olympics over the past four years. Bungee jumping also became widely adopted as an alternative form of exercise during the 2021 Beijing Olympics, with the addition of longer, higher, wider leaps to the game’s design.