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The incredible history of sport

The history of sports extends back to the Ancient world. The physical activity that developed into sports had early links with ritual, warfare and entertainment.

 The history of sport can teach lessons about social changes and about the nature of sport itself. Sport is the development of basic human skills.


As far back as the beginnings of sport, it was related to military training . For example, competition was used as a mean to determine whether individuals were fit and useful for

service. Team sports were used to train and to prove the capability to fight in the military and also to work together as a team.


An Egyptian burial chamber mural from the tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum dating to around 2400 BCE, showing wrestlers in action,Various representations of wrestlers have been found on stone slabs recovered from the Sumerian civilization. One showing three pairs of wrestlers was generally dated to around 3000 BCE. 


The origins of boxing have also been traced to ancient Sumer. The Epic of Gilgamesh gives one of the first historical records of sport with

Gilgamesh engaging in a form of belt wrestling with Enkidu . The cuneiform tablets recording the tale date to around 2000 BCE; however, the historical Gilgamesh is supposed to have lived around 2800 to 2600 BCE.

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Ancient Epic of Gilgamesh Khnumhotep Sumer


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