Sports, in the context of our present day society, cover a vast range of activities, such as athletics, bowling, basketball, soccer, etc. Any game or competition that is designed to test physical skill is considered a sport; hence the list of sports can go on endlessly. In the past, all these were only very simple games, but they have evolved tremendously over the years and now, have become very professional sports, with many high-tech equipment to boost the sportsman’s performance.
Bowling provides an excellent example; it dates all the way back to 5200 BC in Egypt, where kids literally take a ball-like object to throw at marble bars, resembling pins. It then slowly spreaded to other countries, where the game was gradually modified
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As for our country, our government did not care much in our involvement in the sporting arena in the past. Academic results were the most important. However, in recent years, we have produced star players, like Remy Ong, who did our country proud by winning many international tournaments. Hence, our government decided to support the rise of professionalism in sports in Singapore by emphasizing more on it than before. Evidence of this would be the recruitment of foreign talent such as table-tennis champ, Li Jiawei from China, etc. and also the setting up of the Singapore Sports School in Woodlands. The sports school is the first of its kind in our country, allowing gifted sportsmen to train and study there. However, the government still did not neglect the academic side of the school as it only admits students from the Express stream.
The rise of professionalism in sports has its pros and cons as money is involved, but I personally feel that the cons weigh heavier than the pros. Firstly, in every sport, gambling is seldom absent. People gamble on sportsmen and even the sportsmen gamble among themselves. For the sportsmen, they feel that without money involved, there is no challenge to the game. As for the spectators, they gamble not because they like the sport or the sportsmen, but purely to win money. Where, then, is the true meaning of sports? Instead of a competition of physical abilities, the sports arena has become another gambling den. In