From early times, sport has been helping to distract human attention from numerous collapses and perils and to give people a glimmer of hope and enormous charges of strong emotions. It does not always bring satisfaction and happiness, as defeat is frequent as well. However, while the play or competition lasts, people have more things in common; they are one and great family experiencing difficult feelings and emotions; they unite in striving to become leaders in one or another kind of sport. For many people of the world, football championships, the Olympic Games, and other contests are more than only competitions. Fair struggle makes people forget about wars and violence, and gives them a great opportunity to develop best physical and mental traits and perceive the world differently. So, how does sport unite people? Why does it transcend competition itself?
One of the brightest pieces of evidence proving that sport is a great tool for bringing men, women, and children all over the world together is the way in which it unites people in the times of trouble. For example, in 1991, there was a great flood in Moldavia. This natural disaster killed hundreds of citizens, and a bigger number of them fell victims to it. This peril occurred at the time when the European Cup matches were held, and many teams and football fans united to supply people of Moldavia with necessary clothes, medicines, food, and water (Lemke, 2016). When one witnesses such an expression of most sacred principles of humanity, it is possible to forget about any conflicts and wars for a second. It seems that peace is near and humaneness can change the world. This instance and many other cases of such kind prove that sport indeed brings forward most powerful and noble qualities of the human being such as willpower, striving for victory, and honesty.
The sport’s potential of improving general wellbeing physically and mentally is not the only good trait of this activity. There is a certain philosophy of victory and defeat teaching children and adults some crucial values every person should know to cooperate with other people properly. It is not enough to be a human; one needs to justify this status. For this reason, sport plays the role of an efficient trainer in enhancing best human morals and values. Changing him- or herself, one builds another world. As Nelson Mandela spoke on it, “Sport has the power to change the world…Sport can create hope where once there was only despair” (Nuzman, 2016). These words have thus become the motto of the entire human race. Indeed, remembering the times when the first Olympic Games were held in the ancient Greece, one can see that sport has always been a means for enhancing the unity among different nations and countries. That is because even in most troubled moments, countries-participants concluded an armistice and stopped war actions.
For thousands of years, people have been developing most primitive and basic instincts of competing with the help of fights and wars, until sport came to their lives and stopped the violence. As soon as people understood the power and benefits this occupation brought them, they have fallen in love with it. Sport offers more than only results, victory, or bitterness of defeat. It makes everyone better and unites audience or participants of competitions, and even the entire nations in their will to succeed. No matter what philosophy one sticks to, the emotions experienced when watching or playing sports are incomparable with anything else. They teach people to use only better traits to achieve goals, and this may be the start of global changes in hearts and minds of the humankind.References:
Lemke, W. (2016). Sport is the most unifying tool for peace in the world. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/apr/06/sport-is-the-most-unifying-tool-for-peace-in-the-world
Nuzman, C. (2016). Criticizing the games has become an Olympic sport. But they’re a win for Rio. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/05/olympic-games-sport-rio-brazilians