Given the nature of sports, its not surprising that athletes have had some inspiring and motivational things to say about hard work, leadership, perseverance, winning, and much more.
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
Sport is a preserver of health.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.
Perseverance is an excellent key word for good sport results, but unfortunately it is not the only one.
Carl William Brown
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.
Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.
Sport (or sports) is all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, from those requiring only two participants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals.
Sports are usually governed by a set of rules or customs, which serve to ensure fair competition, and allow consistent adjudication of the winner. Winning can be determined by physical events such as scoring goals or crossing a line first, or by the determination of judges who are scoring elements of the sporting performance, including objective or subjective measures such as technical performance or artistic impression.
In organised sport, records of performance are often kept, and for popular sports, this information may be widely announced or reported in sport news. In addition, sport is a major source of entertainment for non-participants, with spectator sports drawing large crowds to venues, and reaching wider audiences through sports broadcasting.
According to A.T. Kearney, a consultancy, the global sporting industry is worth up to $620 billion as of 2013.
Today, the Olympic Games are the world’s largest athletic skill and competitive sport games. More than 200 nations participate in these games. Generally, the games occur every four years. The Olympic Games have a long history. The first Olympic Games at Olympia were held in 776 BC. The tradition of the game comes from the Greece. The Greece first held it at the foot of Mount Olympus. That was almost three thousand years ago. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a France man, is the father of the modern Olympic Games. He founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. As a result, the Olympics shifted away from pastime, to allow the participation of professional athletes. The ancient Olympics had some differences from the modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes from any country. Women were not allowed to even watch the games on penalty of death let alone play in them. Both the modern and Ancient Olympics have close similarities in their purpose and in their problems. Now 13000 athletes compete in 33 different sports in Olympic Games. The world has already seen 29 Olympic Games. The 30th Olympic Games took place in London in 2012. Now a days, the games become more popular to the audiences and the competitors.
Competitions are held generally in the following games and sports and some others not quoted here: archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian sports, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern penthalan, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.
There are also Paralympic athletics games that are sportd practiced by athletes with a physical disability who have competed at separate international events since 1952. It is governed by the International Paralympic Committee through its World Para Athletics subcommittee, and has been one of the sports at the Summer Paralympic Games since 1960. Rules for the sport are adapted from those set forth by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The majority of rules for Paralympic athletics are the same as those for able-bodied competitions.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
Pierre de Coubertin
The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.
The first is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.