Sports are defined by the writers of Wikipedia as activities “governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Sports commonly refer to activities where the physical capabilities of the competitor are the sole or primary determiner of the outcome (winning or losing).”
Sports also do a good job of combining the mental and physical aspects of the human being. This is apparent, for example, in the world of motor sports where drivers must be strong in both aspects. For a potentially less strenuous combination of the physical and mental aspects of sports, one can look at the Nintendo Wii, a gaming system that combines using one’s hand-eye coordination with the ability to think on one’s feet. Spectators may also get involved by participating in sport betting, to support their favorite teams.
Sports are readily apparent in our everyday lives, both in terms of professional sports, played throughout the world in leagues such as Australian Rules Football, the National Football League, and the Premier League, and in amateur sports, such as the Summer and Winter Olympics, along with Pop Warner Football in the United States.