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Sports in Modern Olympics

Sports in Modern Olympics

The Summer and Winter Olympic games includes a total of thirty five sports with fifty three disciplines. The Summer Olympics comprise of twenty sports with thirty-eight disciplines and the Winter Olympics consists of seven sports with fifteen disciplines. On a whole four hundred events are conducted. Each of the sport has an International Governing Body. More athletes and nations participate in the Summer Olympics.
The IOC or International Olympic Committee arranges the sports, disciplines and events in a hierarchical manner. Sports are subdivided into disciplines and disciplines are subdivided into events. The IOC after analyzing the popularity of a sport around the globe and decides whether it should be a part of the Olympics or not. To be a part of the Olympics, an event should be participated by men from fifty countries from three continents and women from thirty-five countries from three continents, at least.
Sports, which are no longer a part of today’s Olympics, are polo, golf, rugby union, tug of war, cricket, water skiing, etc. The reason for their discontinuation is lack of adequate participation, lack of interest and lack of a governing body. Tennis and archery are also some of the dropped sports, which were again a part of the Olympics in the year 1988 and 1972, respectively. Sports, which are included in the Olympics to promote the local sports of a particular region, are known as demonstration sports. Some of the demonstration sports, which are a part of the Olympics sports, are curling and baseball.
In the first modern Summer Olympic games, held in 1896, there were a total of nine sports. Now the count is twenty-eight and it has been decided that in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the count will be reduced to twenty six, with the withdrawal of softball and baseball. For a sport or discipline to be a part of the Summer Olympics, men from seventy-five nations from four continents and women from forty nations from three continents, should be participating at the least.
The aquatics discipline includes sports swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The canoeing discipline consists of flatwater, BMX, slalom, track, road and mountain biking. The Gymnastics discipline consists of trampoline, artistic, and rhythmic. The volleyball discipline consists of indoor and beach. The other sports are archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, soccer, handball, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Summer Olympic sports, which are discontinued, are Basque Pelota, Cricket, Croquet, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Ieu de Paume, Lacrosse, Polo, Rackets, Roque, Rugby Union, Tug of War, and Water Motor sports.
The demonstration sports which weren’t selected to be a part of the official Summer Olympics are American football, Australian rules football, ballooning, boules, budo, field handball, Finnish baseball, glima, gliding, kaatsen, korfball, la canne, lifesaving, longue paume, motor sport, roller hockey, sambo, savate, Swedish gymnastics, weight training with dumbbells, and water skiing.
Winter Olympic games started in 1924. Ice hockey and figure skating were a part of the Summer Olympics, before Winter Olympics started. In the beginning, there were nine sports in the Winter Olympic games, which have now been decreased to seven. There are a total of fifteen disciplines. For a sport or discipline to be a part of the Winter Olympics, men from at least twenty-five countries from three continents should participate.
The Bobsleigh discipline consists of bobsleigh and skeleton. The skating discipline consists of figure skating, speed skating and short track speed skating. The skiing discipline consists of alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, freestyle skiing and Nordic combined. The other sports are biathlon, curling, ice hockey, and luge.
The demonstration sports, which were never included in the official list of Winter Olympics, are bandy, disabled alpine skiing, disabled cross-country skiing, ice stock sport, military patrol, ski ballet, skijoring, sled-dog racing, speed skiing, and winter pentathlon.
The games which were recognized by the IOC, but weren’t a part of the Olympics are air sports, bandy, billiard sports, boules, bowling, bridge, chess, dance sport, golf, karate, korfball, lifesaving, motorcycle sport, mountain climbing, netball, orienteering, pelote basque, polo, powerboating, racquetball, roller sports, rugby, squash, sumo, surfing, tug of war, underwater sports, water skiing, and wushu.

Soccer – The World’s Most Popular Sport

Soccer – The World’s Most Popular Sport

Soccer is perhaps the world’s favorite spectator sport, popularly known as “Football” in Britain and other European countries. This game can be as frustrating as golf, as physical as football and hockey, as erratic as baseball, and as exciting as basketball. No simple word can describe the popularity of the game, with a global television audience of 49 billion people for the 2002 World Cup alone. The game is exciting and highly addictive to watch and play.

Professional game rules require 11 players per team, 10 playing the field and one goalkeeper. With the use of a round ball, the matched is player with the two teams wearing shirts of different colors with distinctive soccer patches. The game is divided into two sets, each for 45 minutes long with the referee adding “extra time” based on time being wasted or play being stopped during the original 45 minutes. Usually, the extra time will be about one-to-three minutes.

A maximum of three substitutes may be used in any match played in an official competition organized under the auspices of the World Governing body Federation International Football Association (FIFA), the confederations or the national associations. However, in other competitions the rules must state how many substitutes may be nominated, from three up to a maximum of seven.

The decision regarding a match ending with a tie score usually depends on the actual type of game being player. There are times when the just simply ends in a tie score after the regular 90 minutes game plus any added time. On the other hand, a game ending with a tie score may lead into an overtime with an allotted time of extra play leading to penalty kicks, this usually occurs during a deciding game of a tournament. Each team is given five attempts to score on the opposing goalkeeper, the team with the highest score wins the game.

During a game, players are only allowed to wear soccer equipment and are prohibited to wear anything that may harm him as well as the other. This includes any kind of jewelry and other accessories. The basic soccer equipment of a player include a jersey or shirt with their distinctive soccer patches; shorts, if thermal under shorts are worn, it has to be the same main color as the shorts; stockings; and footwear, soccer shoes, boots, cleats.

There are instances that players may use extra equipments such as shin guards and headgears. The shin guards protect the leg below the knee and are completely covered by the stockings. These are either made of rubber, plastic, or similar substances. While the head gear are available to protect younger players when heading the ball.

For goalkeepers, they must wear a color that separates him from the other goalkeeper, players, the referee and the assistant referees.

There are four important details that one should know about the game before he is ready to play soccer. The first is that only the goalkeeper is allowed to use his hands, and this is only within the confines of the marked-off area surrounding the goal. When a player uses their hands on a ball, the opposing team gets a free kick from the spot of the violation.

The second vital information that you should remember about the game is that players are generally penalized for rough or unfair play with the use of cards. A yellow card is considered a stern warning, while a red card signifies a serious violation. Once a player receives a red card it means that he had been ejected from the game and cannot be replaced and that leaves the player’s team with less players. Meanwhile receiving two yellow cards will equal to a red card, meaning the player will receive the same penalty.

A World Cup For A Non American Football

A World Cup For A Non American Football

Which is the greatest team sports’ event? For most US Americans the “Super Bowll” would be an easy answer. Others, mostly attracted by baseball, basketball, or hockey, would choose one of those sports’ finals or all-star games, but this is not the case for the rest of the world. Outside of the US when people say football they refer to the sport that is known as soccer in United States and which is by far the most popular sport in all of the five continents. The World Cup that takes place over a four-year period is considered as the most important athletic competition, being more widely-viewed on TV exceeding even the Olympic Games. In 2002, when North Korea and Japan co-hosted the World Cup the cumulative TV audience was estimated to be 28.8 billion, while 1.1 billion individuals watched the final match of the tournament between Brazil and Germany.

This year the World Cup takes place in Germany with the first mach between Germany and Costa Rica being scheduled on 9th of June and the last one, the final game which is going to take place one month later on the 9th of July in Berlin. Thirty-two national teams are participating in this great “party” of world soccer and they will play in a total of twelve German cities. Among the national teams, which participate 14 come from Europe, 5 from Africa, 4 from South America, 4 from Asia, 4 from North and Central America and 1 from Oceania.

Brazil is the defending Word Champion and one of the great favorites of wining the trophy this year. The Brazilians have already won the World Cup five times and are the most successful team in the competition’s history. This year, legendary coach Pareira has at his disposal some of the most talented football players of the world: Kaka, Adriano, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and of course Ronaldinho the World Player of the Year for the last two years.

As strong contenders for the title are considered, by soccer experts and bookmakers, the team of Germany, which will play in front of its audience as the host-nation, and that of England, Argentina and Italy. In addition, the Brazilians, the French striker Thierry Henry, the Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, the English midfielder Frank Lampard, the German midfielder Michael Ballack and the new star of the Argentinean football Lionel Messi are players one will enjoy watching.

The United States’ national team is assigned in the Group E and will face Italy, Ghana and the Czech Republic in the first stage of the tournament, giving its first game in Gelsenkirchen on the 12th of June against the Czechs. Coach Bruce Arena has his team believing that their mix of young talents such as DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan and old campaigners like Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride could be enough to go further than the quarter-finals where they reached in 2002.

There are many assumptions about soccer’s low popularity in the United States, but the most convincing one seem to be the fact that the American national team didn’t have any serious accomplishments during the last years in order to attract their country’s attention and interest. The boys of Bruce Arena will have their opportunity now inside the German stadiums.

What Does Everyone Have Against Hockey?

What Does Everyone Have Against Hockey?

We’re in the middle of the first NHL Playoffs since 2004 and there seems to be a common theme. No it’s not Ilja Bryzgalov shut-outs (although those seem to be happening quite often), it’s NHL bashing.

It’s no surprise that the NHL is not as popular as the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, or NCAA Football and Basketball for that matter – but it gets treated by major media like it is a joke of a sport. Shows like Around the Horn on ESPN constantly make fun of anyone who actually watches hockey. They don’t pick on NASCAR, they don’t pick on soccer, and they don’t pick on tennis or golf. They pick on hockey.

Earlier this week, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wrote an article entitled “Hockey: The cold, hard, truth” in which he claims that no one wants to read about hockey, and pleads sports sections and media outlets to stop covering it. He cites low NHL ratings as the reason to stop covering it, and claims that “sports editors are from an era when hockey still mattered.” He states that “the WNBA and Major League Soccer” are in the same category as the NHL.

That’s funny, last time I checked, the NHL drew 16,955 fans per game – barely less than the 17,558 that the NBA averaged this season and just a little more than the 8,174 that the WNBA drew in 2005. Last time I checked the NHL revised the rules for a more exciting game, had two of the most exhilarating rookies in sports history in Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, and was in the middle of an exciting playoff run.

We all know that the NHL isn’t the NFL, but it does deserve the respect for what it is – an immensely popular sport that has an extremely loyal following. Haters will point to the fact that hockey doesn’t get the ratings of Golf or even Arena Football, but fail to realize that much of the reason for the lack of interest is their incessant nagging about how uninteresting it is. What would happen if the media promoted it like they promote golf or boxing? I know that I don’t particularly like those sports but when ESPN hypes up a fight for a week, it tends to peak my interest and I tend to watch. Don’t you think the NHL bashing has the reverse effect?

The NHL bears some responsibility for this, but they don’t get any help from the national media. The NHL shouldn’t have allowed a work stoppage and they shouldn’t have allowed their game to be showcased on mediocre sports networks like NBC and OLN. However, they don’t deserve the treatment they are getting. They managed to evolve the quality of play this year and have given their fans everything and more that they could have asked for coming off of the work stoppage.

I’m fairly certain that hockey would be better off getting no attention from the media than the negative tail-whipping they’ve been getting lately. Someone wise once told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. When it comes to covering the NHL, the media should contact their local elementary school so that they can sit in on a kindergarten class. It obviously didn’t sink in the first time around.

Ice Hockey in Movies, Television, and Music

Ice Hockey in Movies, Television, and Music

Hockey has really made a stand in movies and like all of the major sports; hockey plays a huge role in American pop culture. Though it is the least most popular sport, a few Hollywood films have been made about hockey. Like the 1984 film Youngblood when the sport of hockey was at its peak during the late 70s and through the 80s and then when 1992 was when the Mighty Ducks was released to introduce hockey to a new generation of sports enthusiasts. Either way the sport has made itself profitable in film to keep people interested especially the hockey fans that didn’t get the recognition before the films were made about this sport. Hockey also crossed over into American television from shows like Cheers to Home Improvement and even NYPD Blue with characters either making references to being fans of hockey or having something in their environment to tell the audience that they like the sport. Recent shows like Rescue Me featured some scenes of people playing hockey as a part of a charity event.

Hockey is so popular in Canada that it’s a very important part of Canadian culture. It always features Canadian-produced shows and furthermore it’s launched a new genre of reality and scripted shows since the United States hasn’t really attempted to create a reality show about the sport of Hockey since they’ve covered everything from law enforcement to talent shows, but not the sport of hockey. Film director Kevin Smith who’s a big hockey fan always manages to add in some reference to the sport in his films Mallrats, Jersey Girl, and a couple others it’s kind of like Spike Lee using the technique of the background moving to make it look like the people are walking and in conversation or thought it’s kind of like Smith’s trademark film making technique. Yet hockey is still not nearly as popular as basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, and golf, but it’s slowly coming into its own.

Cartoons have come into making hockey a part of it’s story lines like Peanuts where Snoopy who’s well known by any one who’s a fan of the Peanuts cartoon that he loves ice hockey and many comic strip frames feature him playing the sport with his constant companion Woodstock. The only other cartoon that had a reference to hockey was in the show The Simpsons where Lisa was playing in a hockey match. Hockey has also stepped into the world of music as well with known singers like Warren Zevon and Stompin’ Tom Connors. Hockey has been an integral part of American and Canadian culture in some way shape and form, but it has boosted the popularity of the sport among the people who are fans of it greatly and it will continue to rise in years to come. It’s usually those who live in cold climates that will appreciate such a sport as hockey. Hockey’s history spans many years, but in Canada it’s a way of life just as football and basketball are a way of life in America, Canadians appreciate the action and how it brings people out to have a good time and enjoy a sporting event that’s a national pastime like baseball.

For most Canadians its hockey and beer exactly how Americans like their professional sports games and the majority of the hockey movies made was around the time Hollywood was going through that phase where films were being made about sports, books, video games, songs, and historical time periods. The Mighty Ducks was the most recent in the last 15 years of a rehashing of hockey themed movies.

Watching Sports Live On Your Pc Including English Premier League

Watching Sports Live On Your Pc Including English Premier League

The world game football known, as soccer in America and football in England is a game that has so many emotions involved be it as a spectator or a player. It is comparable to baseball in the US, or hockey in Canada when it comes to the following of the game in Europe and South America. The popularity of the sport is growing in America. With the arrival of David Beckham playing for LA GALAXY the exposure of soccer in America can only be good for the country and the sport itself. The world will see how competitive the league is and other players worldwide will be more open minded to playing in this country.

As we known David Beckham played in Spain for Real Madrid and Manchester United in England. Myself being are soccer lover and not living in England and love watching the English Premier League it can at times be hard to follow your team unless you can watch them live on your television or computer. There are software programs that let you watch live sports on your computer such as soccer; baseball, basketball, American football, golf, hockey and so many other sports live for a one off lifetime fee. It does not matter if the game is played in America or whichever countries you can get to see the game live if you have the correct software.

I follow Liverpool so when it came to David Beckhams Manchester United I loved nothing more then beating them along with Arsenal. Chelsea are beginning to create a great rivalry and off course beating our hometown rival Everton is a great feeling. So being able to watch them live on my computer is great entertainment.

Be it the English Premier League, FA Cup, Championship League, Spanish Primera Liga, Italian Serie A I love watching the world game. Watching my favorite player Steven Gerrard in full flight playing for Liverpool is and amazing experience. I hope he stays at Liverpool until he decides to retire many years from now. Liverpool winning the FA Cup last year was sensational with Gerrard showing the way and what about the Championship League Final being 3 nil down at half time and end up winning. That was one of the most remarkable comebacks of all time. There is one thing missing for the past decade when it comes to Liverpool and that is winning the English Premier League title.

Following soccer is a game of extremes you can be so dominate and still lose all it takes is that one mistake or that one chance and the result can be totally different then you expect. It’s a game where you have your heart in your mouth so to speak and I would not have it another way. I am grateful I can watch it live on my computer with family and friends.

Watching Sports Live On Your PC Including English Premier League

Kids Learn History Rich Game At Field Hockey Camp

Kids Learn History Rich Game At Field Hockey Camp

There are a variety of sports related summer camps available. These summer camp options can range from basketball and football to soccer and tennis. However, if you want your child to learn or excel at a game that has been played in some form since about 2000 BC you might consider field hockey camp.

Unlike the sports of basketball and football, field hockey has a long, rich history. While the modern game began in the 19th century in England, it is suspected some form of the game was played as long ago as 2000 BC. 4,000 year old drawings found in a tomb in Egypt depict a group of men playing a game with balls and sticks which appears to be much like hockey. While hockey became a popular sport for English men in the 1880’s it was several years later before it was considered an acceptable sport for women to play. Since then, hockey has grown in popularity and is played by more than 14,000 people in the United States alone.

Like most summer camps, field hockey camp can be offered either as a day camp, or a camp where campers actually stay overnight in dorms or cabins. While day camps focus only on the game of field hockey, residential camps sometimes offer a few other activities along with field hockey lessons.

These camps can help the beginning player learn the basics of the sport as well as helping an experienced player become better at his game. These camps can focus on a single aspect of the game, such as the goal keeper position, or can help players become familiar with all of the positions available.

Generally field hockey camps will offer opportunities for full tournament play as well as individual lessons. Some even offer break out sessions of lectures and lessons which allow campers to choose which skills they need more work on. While some athletes may choose to attend these camps on their own, some schools require a stay at camp to review skills in preparation for the upcoming season. If this is the case, the school will usually choose the camp where all students will attend together. This gives them a chance not only to brush up on their skills, but also to bond as a team.

Most hockey camps require players to bring all of their own equipment, so if your child plans to take goal keeping lessons, be sure he packs the necessary gear. It might be a good idea to be sure all equipment is in good shape and good working order before your child goes away to camp. This can cut down on the possibility of having an important piece of gear break while your child is away.

So if your child wants to improve his athletic ability by learning to play a game that has been around for centuries, field hockey camp might be a great choice. These camps can improve technique and also help your child bond with his team members.

History Of Soccer In The US

History Of Soccer In The US

Although soccer is not THE sport in the US, the history of soccer in US is one of the longest around, right next to that of the English or the Scottish.

After the English set out to form a set of rules for the game of soccer, these were soon taken to the new World, where Americans learned to love this rising sport, right next to another game that grew strong roots in the US back then: baseball. Actually, the American Football Association is the second oldest sports league in America, after the Major League Baseball one.

Obviously, the history of soccer in US didn’t start with a professional league though (in terms of what we call professional today). The American Football Association, started out in 1884, was a semi-professional competition involving New England and some Midwest areas and it was a rather chaotic environment to play soccer in, but nevertheless it was there and progressing with each year.

A parallel soccer organization, the American Amateur Football Association was founded around the same time and the two coexisted until 1913, when they merged into the US Football Association, the first fully professional soccer organization throughout the history of soccer in the US.

The US football association (or USFA) was one of the first to join FIFA and as such, the United States team participated in the early World Cups, although the game was beginning to become outshined by baseball or basketball.

With American football also on the rise, the organization adopted a new name to avoid any confusion and called itself the US Soccer Football Association. However, the US soccer history would soon witness a new change in its governing body’s name in 1974, when the USSFA dropped “Football” from its tag and instead adopted the title of United States Soccer Federation, which is still used today.

So many will wonder, if the history of soccer in US starts out so early, how come soccer is not the main sport in USA? Well the truth is that the rather modest performances from the men’s national side early on in the 20th century, combined with the high rise of baseball, basketball, football and hockey, meant that the nation soon lost interest in soccer and since American kids had so many alternatives, soccer slowly went out of fashion.

However, with the increasingly good performances from the US men’s soccer team and the huge success of the women’s soccer team (who managed to bring in the first trophies in the history of soccer in US and is still one of the world powers in the game today), soccer is climbing back to its rightful place and with more and more American kids favoring it in school as a start-up sport, things look bright for the future of US soccer.

The Most Popular Sports In The United States

The Most Popular Sports In The United States

All around the globe, on any given day, you will find some sort of sports event on your local television station or on cable. With networks dedicated solely to sports, you can find things like boxing, bowling, fishing, basketball, football, baseball and soccer on 24 hours a day! Most days you will be able to see sports live, either by watching pee-wee, high school, college and even professional sports events. Most ticket prices for local sports are reasonable and you and your whole family can enjoy the excitement of the game!

When you look at the citizens of the United States, there are several sports that seem to be much more popular than others. They, of course, will cost you a bit more to attend, but the thrill of being there will make the price well worth it. The most popular sports in the United States today, being watched live and on screens, are:

1. Baseball is one of the top sports being played in the United States. Having been played in the United States the longest, baseball attracts millions of fans to ball fields every year. There isn’t just professional baseball to keep many Americans busy, though. Proud parents everywhere enjoy watching their children learn and play the game. What a great feeling when you see your child hit the ball or score a run! As the old song goes, “Take me out to the ball game!”. When it comes to sports, professional and amateur, baseball is ranked right up there at the top.

2. Football began as a college sport in the United States in the mid 1800s. Football is truly the “American Sport”, since it is played in the United States exclusively. It has grown from being played only in college to having professional teams and being played by students in both elementary and high schools. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events when it comes to sports, and it determines which one of the many professional football teams will be considered the best for that year!

3. Basketball is a popular sport worldwide. The number of people around the world playing basketball can reach a staggering 300 million! Basketball is one of the only professional sports in the United States to welcome foreign players onto teams, with many players of professional basketball being recruited from other countries and brought to the United States to play.

4. Hockey is one of the newer sports gaining popularity with the American public. It did not originate in the United States, but it has found its way into our sporting life and become one of the fastest growing sports. Ice hockey is the most popular form of this sport, with street hockey being popular with older kids everywhere.

You may be asking “Where is golf and soccer on this list?” Well, although both sports are gaining in popularity, neither one meets the level of fans of the sports listed above.