Essay on Rise of Professionalism in Sports

972 Words Apr 25th, 2003 4 Pages
Sports, in the context of our present day society, cover a vast range of activities, such as athletics, bowling, basketball, soccer, etc. Any game or competition that is designed to test physical skill is considered a sport; hence the list of sports can go on endlessly. In the past, all these were only very simple games, but they have evolved tremendously over the years and now, have become very professional sports, with many high-tech equipment to boost the sportsman's performance. Take bowling for example; it dates all the way back to 5200 BC in Egypt, where kids literally take a ball-like object to throw at marble bars, resembling pins. It then slowly spread to other countries, where the game was gradually modified to today's ten-pin …show more content…
They are playing purely for benefits and not in the name of the game. Similarly, in sporting teams, the players can leave their own team anytime to join another, which can offer him greater benefits. This is indeed a sad result of the rise of professionalism in sports.
Another issue would be the prize money involved in the game. Undoubtedly, these excellent sportsmen should be rewarded for their efforts and also with the involvement of prize money, it will pressure the sportsmen to achieve better results, pushing his limit to the highest peak. However, over-emphasis on this issue can result in detriment as well. With prize money involved, it may destroy international relations during worldwide sporting events, as every country can't afford to lose all their investment, which can lead to conflict among countries. The prize money may also have a negative effect on the sportsmen as they will try to get the money by even resorting to underhand means such as cheating or taking drugs, which defeats the purpose of the game. The idea of sports is to compete with one's own true physical ability, however now that people are resorting to cheating and taking drugs, what's the point of playing the game then? Now that drugs are progressing rapidly, all the drug inspections on sportsmen are rendered useless. An example would be athletes injecting hemoglobin into their bloodstream to increase their oxygen capacity. This can never be detected by

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