Diversity and Sport.

    sports-9       Sport and diversity go together. There is always a sport for almost every age and level of skills. Also, sport is a way to make friends and have a social life. Sport is not only limited to social life, it is also can be used for a healthy lifestyle as well. Individuals can make a healthy life out of sport. Therefore, sport seems to be a great definition of what an ideal lifestyle should look like. However, life is not perfect and so is sport. There is a negative side of sport that might lack diversity in it.

            Aside from sport being a way to make a social and a healthier life for individuals, it can be a tool of bullying and discrimination. In schools for example, not all children are able to play sport that they desire to play. Behind that are many reasons that might separate children from their favorite sport. One of those reasons is the attitudes that some children have, which make other children feel as if they were not included within the sport community in school. For example, when playing soccer, some children might not have the chance to play just because that they do not belong to the same social class as the other players. This goes against the idea of sport and diversity. Individuals should be judged based on their skills and not their social class or background. Discrimination and bullying are tools that can make sport and diversity separated.

            Overall, sport can have a positive and negative side of it. It can be a way to get people together, or a tool for discrimination and bullying. Making sport to be only a positive side is not an easy approach. However, identifying these problems, whether they are small or big, can make sport a way for diversity to spread. That is how sport should be and that is one of the reasons why it was created. The hope is that sport can make the world a place that is more diverse and more peaceful in all levels.

Reference:

Spyder Wallpapers (2017, February 12). Sports. Retrieved from http://hd-wall-papers.com/single/1474515-sports.htm

 

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2 thoughts on “Diversity and Sport.”

  1. Hello!

    First of all, thank you for bringing up this topic!

    I agree with you that sport is a very important aspect of diversity. But I feel like some sports designed to segregate people. For example, sports that requires expensive gears such as hockey and golf have become sports specially reserved for wealthy families. I can’t think of a good way to go around these problems. So does that mean hockey and golf is a flawed sport?

    On the other hand, you have sports like American Football (Specifically NFL) that have very controversial sides such as the traumatic injuries that players are constantly at risk of. Injuries such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Other sports are not immune either. Problems related to sports are endless: doping scandals, sports gambling, underpaid NCAA students, corrupted FIFA officials, examples are almost endless. So, in your opinion, to which point do we draw the line? Can we consciously enjoy the sports while knowing that there are endless negativities surrounding the topic.

    (Sorry, I don’t mean to drill you with all these questions. Please don’t take this personally. There’s probably not a good answer to some of the questions I brought up and frankly I don’t think there ever will be a solution to the problems. Just wanted your opinion on this 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lily for your comment. In my opinion, there is not immediate solution for this dilemma. So I would suggest that we can start with ourselves first. we can make the change that can sports for everyone. I know that would take so much time. but we can change things step by step. hope that answer your question 🙂

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