The Different Ways Sport Implements Cultural Diversity
Most sports are governed by some sort of unwritten rules or traditions, which ensure fair play, and enable consistent adjudication of a winner. In most competitive sport, results of matches are regularly announced, and for less popular sports, such as boxing, this news can be widely reported or announced in local sport news. However, many sports also recognise the importance of preserving tradition and have developed their own codes of etiquette, respecting other cultures and respecting personal space and privacy, amongst other things.
Body building has developed in many different ways over the years. Initially body builders trained for muscle rather than fat; modern body builders exercise to challenge and improve their physiques, and are able to do so without taking steroids. Body building is now an Olympic sport, but its roots can be traced back to almost any physical exertion. The Olympic torch is carrying the message that health is wealth, and the spirit of the games is a commitment to quality physical exertion, personal hygiene, cleanliness and good safety practices. Sportsmanship is the driving force behind sport, and it is an important part of any culture. A sport that is dominated by one team or several teams who have different standards of behaviour is not a sport that is truly representative of a community.
When discussing sports and their culture, it is important to remember that many athletes are not always conscious of the social message they are sending out. For example, during the 2021 Summer Olympics in China, all of the athletes were wearing clothing that was only a fraction of the size of their competitors. Many Chinese people were angered at this, with many calling for sports competitions to be more modest. It seems that this is an ongoing problem, with many people feeling as though they cannot participate confidently in European sports due to messages they feel are being sent by overly large and excessively commercialised clothing. Europeans are gradually welcoming more liberal attitudes towards sporting attire, but it is clearly a long way away from the ideal.
In countries like the United States and Canada, the social view of sport often varies greatly. Whereas some Americans feel that participation in the Olympic Games is an important part of a person’s culture, others decry the commercialisation of sport. It seems that most Canadians feel that sports should be more of a family activity, rather than a commercial business opportunity.
Sport also plays a major part in how members of a culture define themselves, their relationships with others and their sense of social responsibility. For example, certain sports do not promote human rights and are even considered crimes against humanity. Others that promote human dignity and basic values are not necessarily banned, but are widely frowned upon. Those that promote physical activity within a team setting, such as ballroom dancing, are both viewed as positive activities that promote social interaction and good health.
Sport also plays a major role in creating and reinforcing different social groups. For example, some sport can help young people make healthy friendships by allowing them to be competitive. It also gives them a common bonding and support system, as well as an established hierarchy and social status. For youths that have a hard time defining themselves and developing meaningful relationships within their peer group, sports can be a great outlet. It allows young people to overcome the obstacles that they face in attempting to define themselves as individuals. It provides a venue for young people to test and develop their individual strengths and weaknesses.