Last updated on May 18th 2021 by Simone
Sports have always been an important part of everyday life. People have been participating in sports for enjoyment and health for centuries, dating back to the Late Stone Age, where it's believed sports were first invented. Even in the early days, sports were considered viable careers and some of the most ancient sports are still popular today. Here are some of the world's oldest sports in history.
It should not come as much of a surprise that running is included in this top five because it is the most accessible sport. Running is a universal human expression and always will be. It was the only sport actually recorded in the first Olympics in 776 BC. The sport included four different kind of running competitions.
Javelin throwing is yet another sport that was part of the early Olympics, and one still part of the modern day Olympic games. It is a track and field sport in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible. The first javelin throwing was included in the Olympics in 708 BC, but only introduced to the modern day Olympics in 1906. In earlier times, the spears that were thrown were much lighter than now.
The game of hockey can already be traced back to ancient Greece. Images of people playing with a curved stick and ball have been found dating back to 600 BCE. The sport was originally called 'Shinty' and the first time the word 'Hockey' was used, was in 1363 by Edward III of England. When the British Empire expanded overseas in the 1800s, they introduced the game and made it immensely popular worldwide.
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