Top Ten Oldest Sports

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[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1465912592778{border-width: 30px !important;}”]For me, I consider driving through rush-hour traffic after work and arriving at my humble abode unscathed, as a sport.

Although it does get your adrenaline going, it doesn’t exactly count as a sport.

I know that the Mayans created some sort of basketball game when they had their empire, so I was curious to find out what other sports were created long, long ago.

According to, the individual sports that make up their top 10 list are about what you would expect. However, there are some interesting hidden metaphors and meanings behind them. For example, a lot of the sports deal with throwing objects.

For example, the Javelin throw has been around since the Romans were roaming (ha, ha) the Earth. In contrast, the discus goes all the way back to Europe in the 5th century BC. Pretty cool to think this summer we will get to see those sports in action at the Olympics.

Other notable sports include moving a small ball to and fro. For example, humans have long been obsessed with hitting a ball or a puck with a stick or other similar objects. Case in point – hockey is featured in Ancient Greek paintings around the year 600 BCE. The curved long stock (upside down cane) was called hockey. I think I still prefer mine on ice.

But, the idea of pushing an object around on the ground, aiming for a goal, has given birth to countless sports. I’m thinking of polo and soccer, iceless or on the rocks.

Other notable old school sports include gymnastics, wrestling, and boxing. Makes sense, given that back in the day, our bodies were one of the best uses of force we had to defend ourselves.

The most popular old sport that’s still going on today? Running. I like to think that our hunter/gatherer instincts are still alive and well.

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