Humans are by default social animals, we form groups and societies in which we bond and socialise with one another, the same pattern can be seen everywhere, throughout time. Even in the most remote and desolate areas of our planet, ones that are untouched by civilization you won’t find humans living alone, in Africa and in the heart of the Amazon rain forest, tribes of uncivilised people exist, you would expect them to be savages without any rules and laws, but you’d be wrong. These tribes have their own rules, their own morals, and their own beliefs, basically their own cultures. All throughout history, humans living together have had their own cultures based on their beliefs and their way of life, cultures often tend to clash and cause complications, however one part of every culture that can be agreed upon by everyone amiably is its sports.
Sports are fun games that pass time and give people chances to pursue hobbies, that’s what most people would think about sports, however there’s a lot more to sports than there seems to be. Every form of sport, such as football, soccer or cricket were once invented, their rules and regulations didn’t come down from the skies in the form of revelations, our ancestors most probably sat down and came up with sports ass a way to entertain themselves. The games that became popular caught on, and overtime got more refined, till a point came where they became an important part of societies. Today, some of the sports with the largest fan bases are football, baseball, soccer and cricket, their fan bases span over multiple nations, with gigantic tournaments and world cups being held on an international scale. Cricket was first played in England by refined gentlemen wearing top hats and sipping tea, when the British travelled across the world in their conquest, their culture spread in their colonized territories, the sport spread with them, locals quickly learned everything that there was to know about the entertaining game and started playing along with the Englishmen. Even today, cricket has engrained into the cultures of areas like India or Africa, an all-time favourite amongst the locals. Pakistan’s official national sport is hockey, however a majority of its people are more engrossed in cricket.
Similarly, football has its own origin story, the game was discovered by explorers traveling through Africa. Local tribes enjoyed playing a game which involved kicking around a ball made of leather and stuffed with leaves and feathers, the explorers learned the game and took it back to their homelands, where it was refined and eventually lead to football being formed. Football is now played all across the world, it’s even more popular than cricket, international teams participate for titles and trophies, national leagues clash against each other, all of it contributing to an expansive multimillion dollar industry that provides people with something to enjoy. Sports are more than just games, they’ve become part of peoples’ lives and substantial forces that shape modern day society.