Sports are generally governed by some kind of code or traditions, that ensure fair play, and ensure consistent adjudication of the champion. In amateur sport, results of sporting activity are regularly documented, and in most popular sports, this data can be widely announced in media controlled sports news. There is also the aspect of financial reward, rewards for winning, or payment to players or teams for top placements or awards. In professional sports, players and teams earn money or status through competitive gaming, often with financial rewards as incentives for performance. Sponsors, commentators, media, prize giving organisations all promote sports as an arena in which the participants ply their trade, while attempting to gain financial rewards for their performances.
In recreational sports, players do not need to pursue professional status, but are usually not professionally educated. Often the skills required to play a sport are taught to children at an early age, by parents who are themselves highly skilled players. The main types of recreational sports include ice hockey, swimming, rugby, American football, Australian rules soccer, table tennis, golf, badminton, squash, cricket, horse riding, snooker and many other games. These games are typically seen at recreational venues such as community centres and parks.
Rowing, canoeing, fishing and surfing are three disciplines that have developed from table tennis, badminton and canoeing into a major industry. Table tennis was first known as German beer-ball, and the name soon changed to tennis and from there to table tennis. Fishing and surfing were also long established as outdoor sports, and in the latter case, were found to be helpful in coping with the cold, hunger and water risks confronted by inland sailors. American football was invented by an American in 18urbank, and it is now played between schools, colleges and communities. Cricket was started in England and is now played internationally.
Another type of sports are the competitions organized by international sports bodies. These include the Olympic Games, or the Olympic Games that are organized every four years. They are world-wide events with a special place in the schedule of each country. Every four years, a different country hosts the Olympic Games, to select the very best athletes and teams for the upcoming Olympics. All sports come under the Olympic Games, but they are far from being the most popular ones. Boxing, track running and fencing have won the Olympic gold several times, while swimming, sailing and gymnastics have been done several times.
Modern sports come under the heading of competitive games, where the objective is to win the game. Many sports, such as tennis, swimming and basketball, have entered into the arena of competitive games, where the object of the game is to win. In addition, there are other contests, where the objective is to beat the clock. Some of these other modern sports include bobsledding, cycling and mountain climbing.
Today, many athletes choose to use sports names when their real names would not be suitable. When an athlete chooses to change his/her name, the new name is written down on a website, to enable others to recognize the athlete. There are also websites that allow fans to create a nickname for an athlete. These nicknames are taken from the real sports names and used for inspiration. This helps to make a sports person even more recognizable to his/her fans, who feel the support throughout the athlete’s career.