Organized sports are not just a modern phenomenon, they have been around for over 5,000 years

. People of all periods of time have been concerned with keeping their body in top physical condition. Many of these sports have evolved into popular sports that are played everyday around the modern world.
“My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.” Wilma Rudolph

map of some cities which sent competitors to the Olympics in the 5th century B.C.

Trainer watching wrestlers chariot race

When the Persian military officer Tigranes "heard that the prize was not money but a crown [of olive], he could not hold his peace, but cried, 'Good heavens, Mardonius, what kind of men are these that you have pitted us against? It is not for money they contend but for glory of achievement!'" Herodotus, Histories , 8.26.3

Glaucus, the son of Demylus, was a farmer. "The ploughshare one day fell out of the plough, and he fitted it into its place, using his hand as a hammer; Demylus happened to be a spectator of his son's performance, and thereupon brought him to Olympia to box. There Glaucus, inexperienced in boxing, was wounded... and he was thought to be fainting from the number of his wounds. Then they say that his father called out to him, 'Son, the plough touch.' So he dealt his opponent a more violent blow which... brought him the victory. " Pausanias, Description of Greece , 6.10.

Javelin throwers

javelin throwers

Victorious athletes were professionals in the sense that they lived off the glory of their achievement ever afterwards. Their hometowns might reward them with free meals for the rest of their lives, cash, tax breaks, honorary appointments, or leadership positions in the community. The victors were memorialised in statues and also in victory odes, commissioned from famous poets. A jumper

Athletic training was a basic part of every Greek boy's education, and any boy who excelled in sport might set his sights on competing in the Olympics. The Olympic competition included preliminary matches or heats to select the best athletes for the final competition. Not all athletes lived up to this code of excellence. Those who were discovered cheating were fined, and the money was used to make bronze statues of Zeus, which were erected on the road to the stadium. The statues were inscribed with messages describing the offences, warning others not to cheat, reminding athletes that victory was won by skill and not by money, and emphasizing the Olympic spirit of piety toward the gods and fair competition.



Gymnastics (floor exercise

Gymnastics(consecutive vault)

Javelin Throw





Rowing High Jump Swimming

Rhythmic Gymnastics Archery

Tug of Hoop



Tug of War

The capstone of Hatha Yoga is strength, stamina and supreme control of the body functions. The zenith of the whole experience is the fusion of meditation and physical movement. The ' eight - fold method ' encompasses techniques associated with breathing control or pranayama, body posture or asanas, and withdrawal of the senses or pratyahara.

Swimming, sword - fighting ( fencing, as we know it today ), running, wrestling and ball games were immensely popular among the students of Nalanda and Taxila. In the 16th century. Gautam Buddha himself, is said to have been an ace at archery, chariot racing, equitation and hammer throwing.

Gautam Buddha himself, is said to have been an ace at archery, chariot - racing, equitation and hammer - throwing. Villas Mani Manjri, Tiruvedacharya describes many of these games in detail. Raja Krishnadev of Krishnanagar was an ace wrestler and horseman. the range of sports activity, and the many sports venues, in the city impressed the then Portuguese ambassador.

Manas Olhas ( 1135 AD.), Someshwar writes at length about bharashram ( weight - lifting ), bharamanshram ( walking ), both of which are established Olympic disciplines at present and Mall Stambha, a peculiar form of wrestling, wherein both contestants sit on the shoulders of their 'seconds', who stand in waist - deep water throughout the game.
Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful