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Social Aspects of Sport Introduction Sport has been performed over hundreds of years, by a range different people, and different cultures. There were many reasons why people took part in sport; some were for fun others were to prove who was the strongest or who could survive. Some of these traditions carried on for many years, but as society changed so did the sport, it re-developed its methods and styles in which the game was played. Over the years sport enthusiasts started to make rules and develop associations, this was the beginning of governing bodies. There are many bodies for particular sports, these run the games, make the rules, decides where they are held, organise sport festivals etc. Here is a list of just a few: * IOC (International Olympic Committee) * FA (Football Association) * BG (British Gymnastics) * ARA (Amateur Rowing Association) These are just a small amount, there are over a hundred associations in sport in the world. ...read more.


Here are the following events that took place in the Ancient Olympic Games: * A contest for heralds and trumpeters * Running * Wrestling * Boxing * Chariot Races * Pentathlon (consisted of Discus, jumping, javelin, running and wrestling) * Hoplite race (Race in armour) The games related religion with sport; they performed funeral rites for people which reinforce the relationship between religion and sport which was ever a feature of the ancient games. This is not like the Olympic Games of today, the governing body (IOC) have developed since then. How Sport has Changed Many years ago sports were played with simple unwritten rules, and no referrers or umpires. The aim of a game would be to win, score as many points as possible etc. Playing with all sorts of objects ranging from animals organs to weaved balls out of tree bark. Different groups in communities would get together and form folk games, this usually involved violence. ...read more.


With this, sport has been affected. For example, football use to be a game for the lads, now it is played by professional women. A long time ago, this would have not been accepted, but gradually over the years, generations look upon football has changed. Professional women football is being recognized more and more, even their games are starting to appear on Sky TV. Sport is a very competitive within individuals and teams, and even countries competing against each other. Individuals would so desperately want to win that they would cheat, by taking performance enhancing drugs, back then this was known but not tested on individuals, as it came into light in society it was feared to be unfair to the sport, nowadays everyone is tested, and if found with drugs will be disqualified and even banned from the sport. This is another example of how society has influenced sport. To play cricket, polo and other high class sports, you had to be wealthy and in high class society, nowadays this is still true with some sports, such as polo. So in some ways society has not changed. Charlie Doolan Sport Science ...read more.

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