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Sport is a natural instinct of man. It is the most ancient and most natural means of recreation and fitness for a person. Besides being the best means of health and fitness, it is the surest way to kill boredom and stress in modern day of life.
An extreme sport, also termed action sport or adventure, is a sport that involves a high level of inherent danger and is most often counter-cultural, i.e. started as a reaction against a conventional sport. Such an activity is characterised by speed, extreme risk, a high level of physical exertion, spectecular stunts and highly specialized gear.
There are several characterstics common to most extreme sports. While they are not the exclusive domain of youth, extreme sports tend to have a younger-than-average target population. They are rarely sanctioned by schools and tend to be more solitary than traditional sports (rafting and paintballing are notable exceptions as they are done in teams). In addition, novitiate extreme atheletes tend to work on their craft without tge guidance of a coach although some of them may hire a coach later.
Activities categorized by media as exteme sports differ from traditional sports due to the higher number of inherently uncontrollable variables. Atheletes in these activities compete not only against other atheletes, but also against environmental obstacles and challenges. These evironmental variables are frequently weather and terrain related, including wind, snow, water and mountains. Because they cannot be controlled, they inevitably affect the outcome of the given activity or event.
While extreme sports may sometimes employ traditional sporting judgement criteria (distance, time, score, etc) to judge a performance, extreme sports performers are generally evaluated on more subjective and aesthic criteria. This results in a tendency to reject unified judging methods, eith different sports employing their own ideals and indeed having the ability to evolve their assessment standards with new trends or developments in the sport.
The history of sports in India dates back to thousands of years. Numerous games like chess, wrestling and archery are considered to have originated in the Indian soil. Festivals and locals fairs were the natural venues of indigenous games and martial arts, whereas homes and streets and backyards were places where children played games like gilli-danda, pitthoo, kite flying, kho-kho, kabaddi, poshampa with much merriment. Over the years sports and physical activities like yoga, malkhamb, kho-kho, wrestling, elephant riding, boat races have progressed to some extent. But, unfortunately, we do not know much about the place and date of origin and who invented these games.
Indian history and mythology are a treasure trove of such unique physical activities. But gradually, as times changed, so did out sports.
Games are very necessary part of life. They keep us healthy. They refresh our weary minds. They are useful both for our mind and body. Physically we become healthy. Mentally we become disciplined. Games give us wisdom and courage. They make us bold and confident. They develop in us a spirit of co-operation. They teach us to compete in a healthy spirit. A sportman fights with his rival in the playground, but he has no ill-will against him. In short, games help to make us good citizens. Our education is incomplete without them.
Games and sports help people build their physical stamina and mental agility and raise their level of endurance. Sportspersons usually live healthier and longer lives as compared to someone who practices no sports or takes little exercise. Since games and sports promote healthy competition, they instill in one the spirit of excellence, goal setting and target achievement. That boosts one's confidence and teaches one to accept the victory and defeat as they come.
Many sportspersons have iconic status and earn millions of dollars in sporting fee and endorsement contracts. They are role models for millions of youth worldwide who treat their favourite sportsperson as their heroes or even demi-gods. People recognize and admire them they do political leaders, scientists or even actors.
So what sports are you going to do from today onwards? If you already are, here's wishing you excellence in it.