2. Create your own definition of Sporting Spirit (small paragraph).
Sporting spirit, is one kind of spirit that sports athletes have. This spirit is about, respecting, caring, and others. But the most, is being fair, and making it a fair competition. In soccer, when someone is injured, the opponent kicks the ball out, and the throw-in (or some kind of opportunity to start off) is given to the team which the injured player is in. Also, we learned that when soccer players shout to referees, rugby player respect the referees by calling them “Sir” or something like it.
3. What role do you think sport plays in building internationalism and spirit (small paragraph)?
In terms of Internationalism, sport plays a role of making countries and teams in one community, and they can compete in a championship called the World Cup (for countries) and the UEFA (for teams) Sport provides the opportunity for different players to interact with people in different countries, and learn about foreign countries for ex. religion, as well as culture. Sport creates a opportunity for players to show their respect to others, and their sporting spirit. If I use soccer for instance, when one player trips another, the one who fouled definitely would support the injured player stand up, by pulling their arm up.
4. With internationalism and sporting spirit in mind , what are some more benefits of the world coming together through sport?
There would be profit from tourists, as well as people who want to watch the matches. A benefit for a country hosting some kind of championship, will gain a lot of money because of the airplane flights, as well as tickets. One more benefit, is that sports players would figure out new strategies and skills they can use for themselves. Another, is that players would learn what other countries and teams are doing, and use it personally.
5. Describe an example (and show it if you like) that you have found of an international sporting event where internationalism / spirit was evident.
There are various examples of matches, that if some one is injured, players try their best not to tackle them, or do something to make them fall. Also in the World Cup, countries which worked hard to win competed against very strong opponents, and they were fair to each other. When they fell, the opponent helped each other stand up, and compared to the recent world cup, the one in 2010 had few red cards because of violence or violent actions. (In the 2006 World cup, Zinedine Zidane got a red card)
6. Do you think internationalism/spirit is the main reason why people watch sport? Why why not?
First of all, a team (not country) is created from different player from different countries. For example, the famous Serie A team, Inter, has a meaning of “International” in its team, and a lot of players are competing in the team. For example, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Netherlands, Japan, a lot others. It means, internationalism is one cause for a strong team to develop, and internationalism is a main reason why people watch sport. Also, I think that another main reason, is entertainment. Sports are about different teams competing (some sports are individual), but people who watch are entertained by watching matches.
7. Millions of dollars are spent on international sporting events. Do you think it is wise for a country to spend this amount of money on sport? Why why not?
I think it is wise to spend a lot of money on sport. First of all, I am going to use the World Cup as an example. The recent World Cup was in South Africa, on 2010, June. A lot of tourists flew from all over the world to South Africa, influenced by the World Cup. First, South Africa gained a lot of money, because of the flight trips tourist had. Also, tickets that were sold, hugely contributed to the creation of profit for South Africa. Also, these matches entertain a lot of people, and gave people desire, and hope.
8. Concluding paragraph: Why does the world play?
The world plays for various reasons. From the perspective of players, they want to compete stronger teams and countries, and teams and countries they never fought. Teams and countries play to win a championship, or win a league. For example, if Chelsea wins the Premier League, they would definitely go to the UEFA Champions league. Teams will try to win their own league, and go to a more challenging championship. From the perspective of audiences, and people who watch, the world play for entertainment. As I mentioned before, people are totally entertained when they see a sports match, it can be NBA, NHL, or FIFA, anything you like. The world plays to interact with each other, and learn each other’s methods and strategy. It can be a large key for players to lead their team/country to victory.
9. Complete the A, C and D reflections (Give yourself a level plus one or two sentences explaining why)
I will give myself a 7, because I have a good understanding of internationalism, culture, world sport, and sporting spirit. I have explained my knowledge in the recent questions.
I will give myself a 8, because I think my ability to make space, and my ability of kicking is highly-developed. However, I think that my hand-balling skills can be further developed, because I always lift the ball up when I handball a ball. I would like to work harder on all of the skills from now on as well.
I will give myself a 7, because I think my enthusiasm was great, and I think my attitude was good as well.