The Olympics and other world-wide sporting events have united Countries by creating a culture of competing, and a desire to improve in specific disciplines. Sport encourages a patriotic pride of country and, in a fair competition, creates a healthy environment for teams to compete.
Sport can also challenge prejudice, as in a fair and equal environment all peoples can compete regardless of race, colour or culture. It helps break down ethnocentric attitudes, and bridges gaps that have been created by wrong mindsets due to a lack of understanding.
Observing other countries and people competing in games can enable a greater appreciation for other cultures, and a greater awareness of diversity. Sport encourages excellence in performance, and the desire to do well in the chosen field.
The apostle Paul said; “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24).
Doing well and performing well can inspire others, and awaken their desire and drive to have goals of performance and personal best in the efforts to improve, do well and live to enjoy life.
Jesus said that “I have come that you might have life to the fullest” (John 10:10).
God’s desire is for people to be united, enjoying life and working together, regardless of their differences. Sport is a great approach, and is a vehicle of progressive change, to help unite people so that humanity might focus on the fight in competing, rather than the bickering of differences that produce bloodshed.
The goal of Sport is to continue working within a fair an equal environment, promoting the principals of achieving, equality, fairness and also respecting those who win.