A sport is not just a recreational activity; it is more than a hobby and for a sportsperson, it is the reason behind their priority, the fire alive in their heart.
And there are a large number of sports that either aren’t given the respect that they deserve or are not known or are just soaked incomplete attention.
So, here are the top 5 sports that are highly captivating and engaging:
Gymanstics was started way back in Greek civilization as a recreational activity and today even it is a sport to display the athlete’s flexibility and coordination. Gymnastics was taken as an instructional activity by Johann Bernad Basehow and later Friedrich Ludwig Jahn invented horizontal bar, parallel bars, and a bit more equipment which led to the pavement of making gymnastics a much more rule-based sport.
The U.S.A is indeed the forefront for gymnastics with the home place of the world’s best and most decorated gymnastic, Simon Biles who gave a dramatic piece of advice, ‘Be willing to take risks, it makes you fearless.‘ Indian gymnasts include Pranati Nayak and B.Aruna Reddy, wherein B. Aruna Reddy had informed that coach Manoj Rana would be making Gaudium, India a prime place for world-class gymnastics!
If you have ever watched Micheal Phelp II swimming his way into the Olympics and his pyrrhic win-coming fifth- in his first Olympic games in 2000 and being the youngest one there since the past 60 years, perhaps you would know what is the true definition and passion of swimming. Swimming as a sport for males at school started in Greece but the first national swimming championship came up in Australia in 1896.
Since then, in 1990 the Fédération Internationale De Natation Amateur was established to take care of this sport. Sajan Prakash, the best swimmer of India had recently been qualified in Olympics with an ‘A’ qualifying mark! Maana Patel and Shivani Kataria remain the best female swimmers of India. Apart from being such a great sport, on a hobby level, swimming has long been known to destress your mind.
Whether you are watching Maria Sharapova for her fashion tics on-field or you are listening to her confident victory or you are admiring Serena Williams for her great step to not give up her sport even after having children, you are having a peep into two of the greatest tennis players of the world. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament started back in 1877 followed by the US Open, the Australian Open, The French Open all four then becoming one to the Grand Slam Tournament.
Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka have been all-time inspirations for young tennis players, but Novak Djokovic remains the number one tennis player in the world. In India, it is Leander Adrian Paes to have many records for doubles in the Davis Cup, whereas Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina have been long-running their legacy.
4. High Jump
High jump is more of a track and field and an athletic event where the athletes jump over a bar and the one who jumps without dislodging the bar wins. The Avicii’s song video, ‘Broken Arrows‘ was based on a high jumper itself, Richard Douglas Fosbury.
The high jump can be standing and running in which the athlete has to run at least 15 meters before he jumps and both of these being two different forms to it. Indian high jumper, Tejaswin Shankar was initially into cricket but he truly states high jumping to have been a cusp of his athletic life ahead! He holds the national record for a jump of 2.29m!
5. Octopush (Underwater Hockey)
In this incredible sport, the players move a weighted puck to the bottom towards the open-ended goal. It was started back in 1954 and is currently played in 40 countries. It was originally started by Alan Blake who himself is the world’s best underwater hockey player.
So, these were the top 5 sports incredible enough to be inspired and always given respect to.