18 Facts About Sport


Sport or sports are all usually forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.

Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight.

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.

A game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool.

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Usually the contest or game is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other.

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Some sports allow a tie game; others provide tie-breaking methods, to ensure one winner and one loser.

To draw or tie is to finish a competition with identical or inconclusive results.


A number of such two-sided contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion.

A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or game.


Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.

The playoffs, play-offs, postseason and/or finals of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade.


Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals.

A team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose.


In certain sports such as racing, many contestants may compete, each against each other, with one winner.

In sport, racing is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point.


Sport is generally recognised as system of activities which are based in physical athleticism or physical dexterity, with the largest major competitions such as the Olympic Games admitting only sports meeting this definition, and other organisations such as the Council of Europe using definitions precluding activities without a physical element from classification as sports.

Competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for resources, goods, for mates, for prestige, recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership and profit.

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions.

Athletics is a term encompassing the human competitive sports and games requiring physical skill, and the systems of training that prepare athletes for competition performance.


However, a number of competitive, but non-physical, activities claim recognition as mind sports.

A mind sport is a game of skill where the competition is based on a particular type of the intellectual ability as opposed to physical exercise.


The International Olympic Committee recognises both chess and bridge as bona fide sports, and SportAccord, the international sports federation association, recognises five non-physical sports: bridge, chess, draughts, Go, and xiangqi, and limits the number of mind games which can be admitted as sports.

Draughts or checkers is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces.

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations.

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid.


Sports are usually governed by a set of rules or customs, which serve to ensure fair competition, and allow consistent adjudication of the winner.


Winning can be determined by physical events such as scoring goals or crossing a line first.


It can also be determined by judges who are scoring elements of the sporting performance, including objective or subjective measures such as technical performance or artistic impression.


Records of performance are often kept, and for popular sports, this information may be widely announced or reported in sport news.


Sport is also a major source of entertainment for non-participants, with spectator sport drawing large crowds to sport venues, and reaching wider audiences through broadcasting.

A spectator sport is a sport that is characterized by the presence of spectators, or watchers, at its competitions.

A sport venue is a building, structure, or place in which a sporting competition is held.


Sports betting is in some cases severely regulated, and in some cases is central to the sport.

Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome.


According to A.T. Kearney, a consultancy, the global sporting industry is worth up to $620 billion as of 2013.

The dollar sign is a symbol primarily used to indicate the various units of currency around the world.


The world's most accessible and practised sport is running, while association football is the most popular spectator sport.

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.

Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot.

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