Traditionally, sports have been a major contributor to the quest for national identity. During the 20th century, various international social movements emerged, and sports underwent a variety of spatial and social diffusion.
The advent of global economy, transnational cosmopolitan culture, and the development of a global network of interdependencies have influenced the evolution of modern sports. These processes have also created unintended consequences.
The rise of sports was accompanied by an increase in the number of body cultures and identities in local and global cultures. The globalization of sports has been characterized by the standardization of rules, and the creation of national sports organizations.
Today, sports are marketed to the entire world as a source of pleasure, prestige, and distinction. Although sports can have a positive effect on an individual’s character, they are not a universally accepted phenomenon. In many parts of the world, traditional sports are still a popular activity.
The concept of “sports record” first appeared in England in the late 17th century. This led to the introduction of height, weight, and age classes in modern sports.
These classes were based on the concept of equality. A boxer-entrepreneur named Jack Broughton formulated rules to regulate sports in 1743. These rules were strengthened by the marquess of Queensberry in 1867.
Athletes are motivated by their goals to achieve physical maximums, and they train to achieve these. However, they must follow “feeling rules” to manage their emotions. These rules guide the athlete as they perform, evaluate themselves, and respond to other people’s evaluations of their performance.