Some people do sports, others prefer to watch sports competitions. Which do you prefer and why ?
Sport has been increasingly organised and regulated from the time of the Ancient Olympics up to the present century. The Industrial Revolution and mass production increased leisure time which led to increases in spectator sports, and resulted in greater accessibility of sports. These trends continued with the development of mass media and global communication. Professionalism became prevalent, adding to the increase in sports' popularity. Sports started to be looked upon as a useful recreation and a way of having fun and taking a break from a workday or relieving stress. The revival of the Olympics in 1896 boosted many forms of amateur sports, and professional sports (such as baseball, boxing, and bicycle racing) drew large numbers of spectators.
People who are fond of sports can be roughly subdivided into two groups: those who prefer watching competitions and those who like to do sports. The first group is more numerous than the second one, and consists mostly of people who watch competitions in the so-called spectator sports, that is sports which attract large crowds of spectators. Spectator sports may be professional sports or amateur sports. The second group consists of people who take part in the so-called participant sports, which are more recreational and therefore amateur. For instance, basketball is a spectator sport, while hunting or underwater hockey typically are not.
As for me, I
prefer doing sports to watching them. The first reason is that I
am an active person by nature and I can't stand sitting or
standing for hours on end doing nothing. The second one is that
I am a firm believer in benefits sports can bring. Most people
in industrialized countries live a sedentary life, their
lifestyles lack movement, which can have harmful effects on
their health. The only way to stay healthy is to do some sport
and keep fit. That is why I have been doing this or that sport
regularly since I was 5. Firstly, as my Mum says, it has given
me a chance to develop a heavy build and shape my figure.
Secondly, it helps me keep fit which is very important this year
when I am leaving school and getting ready for the entrance
exams at the institute. It helps me always be in high spirits as
physical exercise normally makes you feel good. I have been
doing swimming since I was 7 when my father took me to a
swimming pool and I joined the Dynamo sports club. It was my
wish to take up this kind of sports, and my parents approved of
my choice. I think it is the best sport for building up stamina
and a good figure, and a good way to get tempered. It's very
good for your nerves, too: to go swimming is the best method of
taking away the stress of our everyday life.
following sentences into English.
1. The Industrial
Revolution and mass production increased leisure time which
resulted in increase in spectator sports and greater
accessibility of sports.
Из пособия "ЕГЭ. Английский язык.
Устные темы" Занина Е.Л. (2010, 272с.) - Part
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