The history of humanity is incomplete without tales about sports. The ideas and phenomena that make us human are entrenched in sports. From ancient Greece where sports was originally used for religious purposes to ancient China where it was used as a means of education (martial arts and warfare training) and self-defense and the maintenance of good health, to the Aboriginals in Canada who used it for spiritual training, to develop hunting skills and for entertainment, to Egypt (where modern day sporting rules and regulations originated) who used it for health and fitness purposes, we can find that sports have been an integral part of Human history that has shaped major aspects of the development of human beings. In the year 2000, the Laureus World Sports Award was inaugurated and its first awardees inducted. At that event, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela said in a compelling speech: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” No truer statement has been made about the power of sports in bringing about unity, hope and development.

Author SDGF

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