Regardless of the differences in beliefs, culture, and preferences, sports bring people together. In schools, friendly interscholastic competition brings the school community together, as members of the community support the athletes. In the international colloseum of sports, we have witnessed the benefits of international competition in sporting events such as the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and the FIFA World Cup. These games represent the friendly competition that is needed to ignite the fiery passion of the sports fans, and ultimately bring people together.

The Olympic Games is a great example of such occasion; not only do countrymen unite to support a team of athletes with diverse talents, the cheering and the amicable spirit transcends nationalities. In the London Olympic Games of 2012, England, Scotland, and Wales combined to make the unified team representing Great Britain. Although this decision was controversial at first, it brought the British people closer through the shared love for the sport. This was seen back in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as well, when the North and South Korean athletes entered together behind a unified flag. Although reunification has not occurred, and the two countries remain split, the fact that they entered together was a large step forward. These two examples prove that the sports transcend nationalities, and political ideals.

Sports can be a universal language – it spans social, age and cultural boundaries. Many people from different backgrounds can all come together in order to watch their favourite teams or countries compete against one another in a varying array of sports and tournaments. There are numerous examples of where this can been seen, from the Olympic Games to interscholastic competition. Regardless of the scope of the competition, the language of sport can be used and understood by all.

Article by: Joe Flynn, 11
Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae 

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