|Man's interest in games and sports
comes as natural
as is the pleasure of playing
by almost all the animals we observe around us.
Sports - the word itself has an inbuilt magical spell.
It flashes on your eyes some activity or the other,
that you love so much to enjoy.
And there are many such activities.
Games or sports are some kinds of activities which
are performed with the spirit of a contest.
To be specific, games usually include contests involving luck, skill, or strength. Yet,
there are many games which are not contests but require playing out parts like
actors on a stage. Still others, like dancing round the Maypole, are mere fun.
For, they involve singing and dancing with other people.
Sometimes games are for more
than simple enjoyment.
Frequently, they have been ways of
training young men to be warriors.
This is specially true of games we call 'sports'.
Sports have often been part of the play pattern of boys, including many sports that were
dangerous. Indian boys practiced spear throwing and archery.
They raced ponies, swam, and wrestled.
Feats of strength and bravery were prized and individuals were rewarded with ceremony.
Iroquois Indians played lacrosse, with broken bones or
bleeding heads as an usual occurrence during the play.
Greek boxers fought with a piece of leather studded with metal wrapped around each
fist, and Roman gladiators used spears, daggers, and swords.
It is from these sports
organized to demonstrate fighting strength or skill, there developed eventually
as we know them today.
We play these for fun
as well as for physical development.