Sports and Games

    Anshul Sharma





    We all must have heard the phrase- “Health is wealth” at some point of time in our lives. The phrase implies that wealth is nothing but a manifestation of a healthy body. The phrase might be deceiving for some, because the ‘wealth’ mentioned here is not the materialistic ‘wealth’ but the real wealth of ‘health’. That means- if you are healthy and fit you will well be able to live linger, work and meet your requirements, prosper and grow.

    If you lose wealth, it could be gained back through hard work, but if you lose health then it will be much more difficult to gain it back. To stay healthy you must be physically active by actively participating in sports and games. Playing sports and games keep the vital stats of your body maintained by keeping your vital organs healthy and functional. Below we are providing a long essay on sports and games, stressing upon the difference between sports and games, importance of sports and games and a brief description of some of the world’s famous sports and games.


    What is the Importance/Value of Sports and Games?

    Getting involved in a sport and game has various positive effects on one’s body, mind and personality. They keep you physically and mentally healthy, making you ready to accept defeat and rise again. Below given are some of the most important advantages or values of sports and games-

    1) Physical Fitness

    Playing sports and games will keep your body fit by keeping your vital organs healthy. Physical fitness is one of the main attributes of sports and games. Physical exercise makes your heart beat faster, improving the health of your heart and lung as well.

    2) Mentally Fit/Alert

    Playing any kind of sport requires not only physical agility but also mental activity. A sportsman is required to think fast and respond immediately to different situations. Such mental exercise keeps your brain fit and alert and dramatically improves your response time. Games like chess, checkers and cards etc improve thinking ability.

    3) Team Work

    Sports improve your ability to work in a team and fight for a common goal. You get to know that how to work in a team. You listen to the opinions of your team mates, even suggesting them where ever necessary and together chart out a plan for your team’s win.

    4) Improves confidence Level

    Seeing your strategies working out for your team, the win, the appreciation that you get from your team mates and friends, will boost up your confidence level to a new high. Even if you are on the losing side, you still will have the confidence to compete again and win.

    5) Stress Buster

    Playing sports and games, even the ones those don’t involve much physical activity are natural stress busters. You pumped up heart or an actively concentrated brain will ultimately bring your stress level down.


    6) Personality Development 

    Being physically fit, mentally strong, taking the failure with courage and knowing how to conduct yourself in private or in public, improves your overall personality. A true sports man remains composed both in win and also in defeat.

    Some World Famous Sports and Games

    1) Football (Soccer)

    Going by the number of fans around the world, soccer is the most popular game with and an estimated 3.5 Billion fans worldwide. The game is played between two teams with minimum 11 players, including one goal keeper. The game is played for two halves of 45 minutes each with a rest of 15 minutes.

    2) Cricket

    Cricket is the second most popular game after football. The game has nearly 2.5 billion fans worldwide and is played by two teams with 11 players each. It is played with a bat and a ball with only one team batting at a time.

    3) Field Hockey

    Field hockey is another popular sport with 2 Billion fans worldwide. Field hockey is played between two teams with 11 players including the goal keeper on each side. The time is divided into two halves of 35 minutes each and the game is played with a small ball and a wooden stick.

    4) Basketball

    There are estimated 400 Million fans of basket ball, across the globe. Played between two teams with five members each, competing to shoot a ball through a hoop placed 10 feet high from the ground. The game of basketball is played over an average time of 2 hours 15 minutes.

    5) Chess

    The game of chess has been termed as the ‘sleeping giant’ in the world of games with an estimated 600 Million regular players worldwide. It is a board game which is played between two contestants.  Playing chess require the ability to think and predict the moves of the opponent and make moves accordingly.


    Sports and Games, involving either physical or mental exercise have a positive effect on one’s health, mind and personality. It is an activity which doesn’t has any ill effects and is healthy, rejuvenating and also entertaining. We all must take out some time from our studies and work to play the sports or games of our choice and inclination.



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