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26.02.2021 at 00:00
New York, NY
Sports and sporting activities are a part of our lives. Some sports seem to get more publicity and mileage in terms of followers and media coverage as opposed to other sports. Depending on the country and the culture, people have their differences in the choice of sport and are reflected in reporting. This, as a consequence, causes the differences in the publicity and prevalence of a sporting activity, in different areas of the world.
Reporting reflects people’s idea about a game. Soccer is one of the most famous sports in the world today. This is, mostly, due to the basic rules it entails and it requires minimal equipment. Owing to this fact, soccer is highly prevalent in Africa, whereby majority of its inhabitants live below the poverty line. The history of soccer can be traced back to its grassroots. The ancient Chinese and Romans are considered to be the very first people who played and enjoyed the game of soccer. Soccer played a major role in promoting fitness back in the day. The Romans used soccer as a way to ensure the fitness of their soldiers in preparation for war. A number of years later, many more countries in Europe laid claim to the sport, which greatly promoted its spreading throughout the world. England is the country that promoted the formal development of soccer. This was through the initiation of soccer leagues and developing rules and regulations for this sport. Today, this sport has flourished and has been taken up throughout the world as a source of entertainment. The media through sports channels, such as Super Sport and ESPN, have been seen to air major and minor soccer leagues throughout the world. Soccer has also been incorporated in school curriculums as a sport aimed at promotion of good health and fitness. This has resulted to soccer being a sport known to almost everyone and, hence, it is prevails worldwide. Good management under the managing body, FIFA has promoted soccer to becoming a successful sport through the organization of major leagues and promoting soccer at the grassroots. FIFA is also responsible for organization of the famous World Cup tournament. This tournament involves country participants from all continents of the world. This, consequently, promotes good relations between countries resulting in the promotion of world peace (Hammond & King, 1988).
Reporting also reflects financial issues and proper advertising attached to the game. Basketball was invented back in 1891 by a Canadian YMCA instructor. This sport evolved from a game played with soccer balls to one of the most famous sports included in major tournaments such as the Olympics. Basketball has been observed to have a strong hold in the United States as a result of good promotion. This is mostly through the funding of major basketball such as the NBA. These funds are used in the development of basketball courts and provision of the equipment and attire necessary to play the game. Another reason for gaining publicity by such game as basketball in the United States is the fact that this game has been transformed into a culture. Almost every homestead in the United States has a shooting hoop, which they use to play and enjoy the game of basketball. In addition, community development projects involve setting up of new basketball courts, which are within the proximity of majority of the households. Basketball is also seen to be the preferred sport, whereby parents are seen to strengthen family bonds by engaging in a game of basketball. Hence, basketball is considered to be of great sentimental value in the society owing to the fact that it promotes good relations among people. Basketball in the United States has also been seen to nurture young talents and, as a result, youths do not indulge in drugs and unlawful behavior owing to its rehabilitative nature. Basketball players in the United States lead very successful lives. This results from basketball creating employment opportunities for players and coaches in the major basketball leagues. Owing to these facts, basketball in the United States has flourished and enjoyed good publicity.
Reporting of sports may also reflect culture. In India, just as the case in the United States, cricket is the most prevalent sport. Cricket in India is considered to be a culture. The Indian populations of approximately one billion are enthusiasts of cricket. The first that an Indian child learns apart from education is how to play the game of cricket. Cricket as a sport has been incorporated into school curriculums. This highly promotes the development and publicity of the sport as India is a developing country, whereby education is highly promoted to help curb illiteracy in the country. The income generated from cricket alone is enormous and, hence, the government ensures the prevalence of this sport. Cricket is also considered to be a source of employment, whereby the cricket players in the country lead very successful lives. Another factor leading to the increased popularity and publicity of cricket was the victory in the cricket world cup in 1983. Since then, cricket has become the favorite sport in India as patriotism among the Indian citizens came in play (Mulligan & Mulligan, 1999).
Reporting of certain games reflects social stratification of the society. Table tennis, otherwise known as ping-pong, has been considered China’s unofficial sport from the 1950s. Table tennis was considered to be the source of Chinese prestige and glory long before the country became independent. The Chinese have dominated this sport in events such as the Olympics,whereby they have won twenty-three out of twenty-seven gold medals. Owing to this success, the Chinese community is inclined to take up table tennis as a sport of choice. Institutions of learning are also seen to have incorporated table tennis as a sport. This exposure to the game of table tennis helps nurturing young talents and, as a consequence, the sport gets a lot of mileage and, hence, its publicity. Another factor that led to the increased publicity of table tennis in China is the fact that this sport can be enjoyed by the elite and poor members within the society. This is due to the cost efficacy of the equipment required to engage in the sport. Table tennis is also a very popular spectator sport. It is rather eye catching, especially at the professional level. The Chinese community comes forward in numbers of over 300 million to watch table tennis tournaments like the Olympics to cheer on their players in the spirit of patriotism. For the better part of time, table tennis was the only sport in China and it is prevalent to date. Owing to these facts, table tennis is the only sport that has been observed to have a strong hold in China (Koppett, 1981).
Sports and sporting activities are essential components in the society. This is because of the implication sports have in the society. Sports are seen to promote interaction. In the name of sports, people from different backgrounds and nationalities come together to participate in sporting activities. This interaction through sports in events like the Olympics and the world cups promotes good relations among nations and, in the end, promotes worldwide peace. Sports also promote good health. This is because sports promote physical fitness of individuals. Physically fit individuals are less likely to contract lifestyle diseases such as obesity. Physically fit individuals in the society are more likely to perform their tasks effectively, especially those that are physical by nature, in the workplace or at home. A sport that is not considered to have a cultural background with the people in a given society hardly flourishes. Sports such as archery, badminton and many more are considered to be lesser sports. They get little or no publicity at all from journalists and, hence, they are hardly featured in sports journals and magazines. Another factor that leads to lack of publicity of sports are the funds required to set up a certain sport. If the cost of setting up a certain sport is not feasible, the sport will fail to be established. Sports and sporting activities are essential and should be maintained by us during our lives due to their accrued benefits. This article was written by Jon Jones. More my works you can see here https://primeessay.org/