The Oldest Sports in the World
Sports have been a big part of civilisation since we started recording our experiences: there are multiple ritual games mentioned as far back as the Bronze Age - 3300 - 1200 BC! While some have been lost along the way, there are many that have remained, although changed, and are still being enjoyed today. This article looks at which of these ancient athletics are still relevant.
Hockey is High Up on the List
The first recorded use of the word Hockey can be found in a proclamation delivered by Edward III of England, back in 1363. The game is also depicted in some of the paintings from Ancient Greece that have been discovered in more recent times, with these dating back to 600 BC.
Horse Racing and Riding Makes Humans Happy
Horse riding, or equestrianism, is another very old sport that has withstood the test of time and managed to retain a very prominent place in modern sport. A favourite in terms of the sports betting NZ and the rest of the world offers, it was one of the first sports to be included in the modern Olympic Games, in 1900, and its own individual World Championships are held annually as well.
Boxing is Brilliant, and Always Has Been
This combat sport which tests the speed, strength and stamina of its participants who throw punches at one another originated in Greece as well, and can be dated back to 687 BC. Its subsequent evolution took it to Great Britain in the later parts of the 16th century, and by the 18th century it was common worldwide. It’s a thrilling sport with unexpected outcomes and upsets at every turn.
Glamorous Gymnastics Get Fans Going Still
Gymnastics requires exceptional physical strength, uncommon agility, freakish flexibility, canny coordination, brilliant balance, and serious stamina.
It is also a product of Ancient Greece, who made use of similar acrobatics to mount and dismount horses, and gymnastics got included in our modern Olympic Games in the year 1896.
People are Still Passionate about Polo
This sport is one of the most distinguished of all, and is played in a total of 16 countries worldwide these days.
It is thought that polo originated in India, China, and Iran, and there is some evidence of a version of it being enjoyed in Sassanid Dynasty, in 4th Century Central Asia.
The Demands of the Discus Remain Entertaining
Discus throwing is a popular track and field sport these days, and its origin can be traced back to the 5th Century BC. Discus throwing was an event of the Ancient Pentathlon of 708 BC, and was prominently featured in fundraising events for the modern Olympic Games also.
Jaw-Dropping Javelin Throwing Inspires Still
Finland currently enjoys the world record for the most medals in javelin throwing since the start of the modern Olympic Games. This sport can be traced back to the time of the Romans and Mycenaean’s.
Laudable Long Jumpers Let Rip
Formerly known as broad jumping, long jumping was a part of the Ancient Olympics as well as the inaugural modern Olympic Games, which started in 1896.
This is the only jumping event that we know of that formed a part of the Ancient Greeks’ original Olympic Pentathlon events, and this sport is mentioned as early on as 656 BC.
Wrestling Winds Down Through History with Us
This is one of the oldest types of combats, and wrestling also formed part of the challenges of the ancient Olympics.
It can be traced back to as many as 15 000 years ago, thanks to its depiction in French cave paintings from that era, and features in old literature, with Homer’s Iliad, from the 12th or 13th century BC, being one of the most well-known.