What Is Sports?


Sports are activities that involve physical activity and skill. They promote healthy competition, social interaction, and development of self-confidence and self-esteem in children.

Definition of Sport

Sport is any competitive event or game that involves physical exertion and is organised, governed, or sponsored by a governing body or organisation. There are hundreds of sports, from individual competitions between individuals, through to competitions that include hundreds or thousands of participants competing simultaneously.

Those who play and watch sports are called athletes or fans. They can be male or female, young or old.

The earliest and most universally accepted definition of sport is: “any sporting activity which involves physical exertion.” It excludes all gymnastics, ice and other great physical feats that don’t involve competitors stopping each other from scoring, golf, darts or cornhowl, as well as many others.

Games are central to most sports, with conflict between players or teams fostering competitiveness and dividing winners and loser(s). However, not all games can be considered a sport; for example, some are played for fun, while others may be viewed as political protests.

Athletes are encouraged to compete with their own personal best, and improvement is a key part of all sports. Sport also teaches values like discipline, fairness and respect.