Sport has long been considered an expression of emotions. While the aesthetic element of sports is still present, its focus has changed dramatically. Originally, the word “measure” connoted balance and proportion, but it now refers to the quantitative measurements of physical activity. In 2005, President George W. Bush honored Muhammad Ali with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In this article, we’ll examine the history of sports and their evolution. We’ll also discuss some of the societal values they transmit.
The earliest known games were unorganized and often involved lifting sacks of grain. In medieval England, women would compete in smock races and lift sacks of grain during fairs. Peasants also enjoyed folk football, a game that pitted married men against bachelors and entire villages against one another. The sport lasted into the 19th century, despite being condemned by Renaissance humanists for being violent. So, what was once a recreational activity has become a competitive sport with a scientific foundation?
The future of sport is largely governed by the social and economic climate. Traditional gender roles are challenged as sports organisations realize the economic value of female fans. While women represent 50% of the world’s population, they make up a minority of fans. This expands fanbases and triggers a shift in fan identity. This in turn raises questions about ownership and authenticity. And a new breed of sports are emerging. In addition to mash-ups, traditional sports will become more diverse.