Some Of The World's Oldest Sports By Aran Sheehan

It is a perfect summer day, not too hot, and not too cool, but just right. You go out to play with somebody, and you start playing some of the sports that you like. Sports like soccer and wrestling with your siblings. But you don’t even think about when they started, who made them, or how they were played at the very start… Which is what you are about to learn.

The Very First Sport

The very first sport was wrestling. The rules of wrestling are this: The object of the game is to put your opponent on their back or to pin them. A pin, or a fall, is when you put your opponent on their back with any part of their shoulders, or both their shoulder blades, in contact with the mat for two seconds.

Wrestling is approximately 10,000 years old. We know this because it is in a cave painting.

One Of The Oldest Sports - Gymnastics

One of the next sports was Gymnastics. Gymnastics is originated from ancient greek when it was a type of training deployed for military people. But as a sport, its history is not much known from the ancient times. It dates back to late 18th century when two physical educators from Germany developed and exercise for boys using “apparatus.” It would later go on to become a sporting event that quickly spread across Europe and then across the world. The international federation for Gymnastics was established in 1891, although it was introduced as a sport with several events for both men and women in 1896. This lead to gymnastics becoming one of the most important and popular sports in today's world. “Is it hard to do Gymnastics?” you might ask. One of the best at this sport nowadays is Simone Biles. She didn’t start good, she actually has gotten 2 zeroes (the lowest score) in her career. Both zeroes were at the same event. The first time, she messed up because she was laughing so hard that she couldn’t even launch herself off, and ended up sliding off onto the mat. Her teammates had entered just before her turn, and they yelled, “Run like a man!” Simone Biles thought that it was funny, so she laughed. The second time she went, she was still laughing, and she jumped off the springboard (the thing that you jump off of to get a good bounce) right over the table without touching it, and that is an automatic zero. She said, “I didn’t care. I made it over the table and I didn’t know there was a deduction if my hands didn’t touch.” She means that even though she did bad and didn’t know, she didn’t really care.

One Of The World's Most Popular, And Oldest, Sports

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Did you know that soccer was started from a sport made in China called Tsu’ Chu? All of you soccer fans out there must be thanking the Chinese, but you also might be saying, “How is it played?” Tsu' Chu is an ancient Chinese ball game a lot like soccer but not exactly the same. It is a competitive game that involves kicking a ball through an opening into a net and you can’t use your hands. Since the hole is very small, It is hard for the players to score. Soccer hasn’t been played so long, but apparently, it is good for you. 50 researchers from seven countries said that “Soccer is a pleasurable sport that provides an all-round fitness and can be used as a treatment for lifestyle-related diseases. Men worry less when playing soccer than when running. Women's soccer creates we-stories and helps women stay active.” He means that playing soccer is good for everyone and that when they play soccer, that they care less about stressful topics. That isn’t completely true, though, and even the best soccer player in the world says it isn’t the perfect sport. Lionel Messi, the best soccer player in the world got asked, “What’s your first football memory?” By a reporter. He replied, “My first memories are from when I was very little, maybe three or four years old playing in my neighbourhood at home. I can picture myself with the ball at my feet from a very young age.” He seemed to have liked it, but playing professional was more stressful for him. When he was asked, “Looking back on your first weeks and months at Barcelona, were they happy times or bad times?” He replied, “Both. I was happy to be living in Barcelona and experiencing all those new things. On the other hand, it was hard to be so far away from people. I had to start again, new team-mates, new friends. I also couldn’t play at first because of injury and because there were problems with the paperwork. That start was hard.” This means that it can be hard to be a soccer player, but at the same time, it can also be fun.

Tsu' Chu, the origin of Soccer.

The Old Sport That You Might Not Even Know About - Polo

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Polo is the 4th oldest sport, strange as it may seem since you may never have heard of it. Here is how to play it, in case you take a sudden interest to it. If you want to learn how to play, here it is. According to St. Regis Polo, “A polo ball can travel up to 110 miles an hour.” This means that polo is a very fast game. A polo game is played between two teams with four players on each team. The members are either attackers or defenders, and each has the job of scoring goals while preventing or stopping the other side from scoring on them. Most of the rules were made to keep the players and polo ponies (yes, you play with ponies) safe.

Polo ponies are full-size horses that weigh between 900 and 1100 lbs. They play for a maximum of two non-consecutive chukkers (A polo match lasts about one and one-half hours and is divided into timed periods called chukkers. There are six chukkers in a polo match, so a chukker is about fifteen minutes. The ball is rolled in by an official to start the polo match or resume play after a time out.) per match. The umpire begins the match with a throw-in, where the ball is rolled between the two teams, and then the game has started. There are two umpires on the field, and a third in the stands. The umpires generally call fouls for dangerous riding or use of the mallet. The penalty for a foul can be anything from a free hit to a free goal for the opposing team. Polo fields are 300 yards long and 160 yards wide. An eight-yard wide goal, marked by ten-foot high goal posts, is centered on each end of the field.

A Very Old And Competitive Sports - Boxing

The last old sport that you will be learning about is boxing. Boxing is a combat sport, and it is one of the most popular sports in the world today. It has a long history. “Fist fighting” as a sport has evidence from 2nd and 3rd millennium BC, but the first fighting with hand protection is believed to be in existence from 900 bc to 1500 bc. Romans also had Boxing as a sport with a leather thong wrapped around the hands, but in the Romans era boxing was more of a fight until death. Boxing’s first rules date back to 1743 with the introduction of the 30-second count, no hitting while the opponent is down and other things were introduced Amateur boxing was introduced in Olympics in 1908. This kind of boxing gave new life to boxing with weight-division rules coming into play at the same time. So with young boxers fighting in amateur events and Olympics, they would go down to become professional fighters later in their careers, ultimately developing better skills of boxing and helping to improve the standard. Since Boxing introduced into the Olympics, it has become one of the most popular sports in the world. This shows that boxing must be a good sport.

In conclusion, sports that have been played for a long time must be good ones to have been played so long. Sports that old you may never have tried like polo, Tsu’ Chu or Boxing. But you have now learned how to play some of these sports, so maybe now you can try them out. So if you have no idea what to do, you can do one of these sports. You never know if you haven’t ever tried. Give it a try.

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