How Does Sports Bring People Together

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Sport for years has brought people together all around the world. Sport has the potential to unite people. The UN definition of sport is all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive sport and indigenous sports and games. The Oxford English dictionary definition of sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. This shows us how sport is not just for competition, it is for fun and entertainment. Sports have contributed to the society in many ways. It is not all about playing the sports for physical benefits. As mentioned by Nelson Mendela ““Sport has the power to change the world,” Sports have positively contributed to the society in many ways. Since the 19th century sports in Singapore played a vital role in engaging the different ethnic groups. This was made possible through the various communal groups such as Chinese swimming club, Indian association, Malay football club and others. They had a role to bring their people together and promote sports in Singapore (1). As Singapore gained her independence in 1965, the government used sports participation to build a robust and rugged society. Sports was used as a tool to bring the people of various races, religion and background together (2). Sports is a universal language with the power to bring people together. One

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