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date: 27 September 2020

Sports as Religion 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Author(s):
Mary Lou ShefferMary Lou SHEFFER, Brad SchultzBrad SCHULTZ

Traditional religions and sports share many similar values, such as honoring authority and the importance of self-discipline. In many respects, the behaviors established through the rituals of sport resemble and reflect those of traditional religions. The first Olympics, held in the eighth century bce, are thought to have been religious events and were regarded as a sacred festival of games and sport. ...

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