The Growing Popularity of Modern Sports
Sports have always been governed by some kind of codes or regulations, which ensure fair play, and enable consistent adjudication of a winner. In most organised sports, results of the competition are often regularly announced, and for less popular sports, such as rugby, this information can be widely advertised or reported in sports news. As with all sports, though, there are a few problems and questions which frequently arise, particularly where money or unfairness is a factor. These can involve sport administration, particularly where players or governing bodies may be paid or otherwise rewarded for winning.
One of the fundamental sports myths is that the sportsman must exert unnatural effort. This myth is not only untrue, but is harmful to the integrity of sport, because it prevents athletes from accepting a fair result, or even acknowledging that they have reached a peak performance, beyond their ability. For example, in swimming, when the competitor lapses, the win or loss is simply awarded to the other, rather than the competitor who has been unable to swim the distance. This type of cheating or dishonesty in sports can have serious legal implications for those athletes who accept the results or report results that do not favour them. Similarly, in rugby, players may deliberately try to injure other players, or use illegal contact sportsmanship, both of which carry significant consequences for the player or team in question.
Despite these problems, modern sports are far more professional, rewarding, competitive, exciting and well organised than any of the earlier games that made the term “isure sport” seem meaningless. Modern sportspeople take part in organised competitions, pay reasonable prize money, wear correct clothing, and participate in legitimate sports events. Sports also provide great exercise, improve cardiovascular health, develop mind-body connections and build confidence and self-esteem. Sports help people become better citizens, by instilling positive social values, building teamwork and promoting healthy lifestyles.