Globalization and Sports


One of the greatest benefits of sports is the social and emotional bonding it provides. It helps build national pride and fosters values of teamwork, peace, and cooperation. Sports also help develop character and improve social interaction among youth. It can improve stamina, improve social skills, and strengthen bones and muscles. These are just a few of the many benefits of sports. And, the benefits don’t stop there. Many people also become more positive and calm as a result of sports.

The globalization of sports is part of a wider globalization process that can be defined as the emergence of an internationally interdependent world. The 20th century saw the development of a global economy, transnational cosmopolitan culture, and various international social movements. Likewise, the development of modern technology enables people, money, and images to spread much faster than ever before. These intertwined patterns also impacted the development of modern sports.

Despite the increasing global competitiveness of Western athletes, noncore nations have been able to strengthen their identities and international recognition by staging recurring sports festivals. Historically, Western countries dominate most of the world’s major sporting events, such as the Olympics and the World Cup. But in recent decades, noncore countries have been using sports festivals as a tool to cement their national identities and international recognition. But while Western nations monopolize the majority of intellectual resources, noncore countries have seized the opportunity to host such festivals.