It’s an exaggeration to say that you are normal humans, i.e. you don’t care much about athletics outside of the Olympics. And I tell you, you bunch of beggars, you’re missing out on a lot of things. Athletics is one of the oldest practiced sports, and if it still exists after all these years: it is simply the most beautiful sport, period.
1. Athletics is one of the oldest sports practiced in ancient Greece
Already for your own personal culture (because you really need it), the word athletics comes from the Greek word “athos” which means “to fight”, and this refers to the art of transcending oneself, but also in transcendence of performance. For opponent in speed, endurance, distance or altitude. And yes, it’s a slap from the dad, and it’s not the same as “football” which means “football.”Then, know that this great website explains well Wikipedia “Running, throwing and jumping are natural gestures, and in fact, the concept of athletics dates back to time immemorial as confirmed by some cave paintings from the Lower Paleolithic period (60,000 BC)…” That’s it, athletics is the sport par excellence that has passed through the ages without imparting complex rules in exotic stadiums.
2. The simplicity of the sport allows everyone to practice it (not like golf or skiing, those rich sports)
Athletics is a simple sport, and that is what has made it so successful throughout the ages. So, yes today, in modern athletics there are some rules that complicate everything a little bit (and even more), but in general, there’s not much to know before you get started. There’s not much to know, but not much to know either. To race you just need to be several, the same to throw, just have something to swing and we’ll see who has the most power. In short, athletics is one of the few sports practiced in many countries. VOILAAA is a breakable sport and it’s not like the one where you need crazy infrastructure and sick equipment.
3. Imagine that we in France are not disgusting
Mary Jo Peric, Renaud Lavillenie, Stephane Diagana, Kevin Meyer, just imagine these are all French. Mary Jo Peric is a multiple Olympic medalist, longtime world champion in her specialty, long sprint (200m and 400m), Lavillenie is a pole runner who held the world record for a long time with 6m16, Stephane Diagana a two-time world champion. 400m hurdles Kevin Mayer finally holds the current world record in the decathlon and is the current world champion.
If you are interested in French sporting achievements, you will see that a lot comes from athletics.
4. In the competition, you can watch several events at the same time
In a rugby match we only see rugby (and guys lose their teeth sometimes), in football the same thing, but when we go to see an athletics meeting (which means ‘competition’ in the jargon), we see a lot of different events and that’s really cool.
Running, jumping, throwing, it’s there all over the place, as soon as one event ends, another begins, sometimes there are several of them at the same time, and it’s really cool that we don’t have time to get bored.
5. The number of women equals the number of men
And yes, athletics is one of the most egalitarian sports, meaning that it is practically (almost) 50/50, and in the media (almost, but not quite) 50/50 too. There are also mixed events (like mixed relays for example), not all sports can say the same.
6. It’s an affordable sport
As a reminder, an athletics license and club registration cost nothing (about a hundred euros for a year depending on your age and the club you join), and even if you want to go to see a meeting, the prices are generally not exorbitant, for example prices for a place at the Paris meeting ranged from 10 euros To 45 euros, you won’t ruin yourself.
7. It is very comprehensive and gives you the basics for any other sport
You have been doing athletics for many years and now you are going to change the sport? Know that your previous career as an athlete will give you a solid foundation in almost every other sport.
In athletics, regardless of discipline, you are taught to run. Because yes, running can be learned quickly and it is not that simple. And in many sports, knowing how to run fast is a good thing (football or rugby for example). You’ll also develop a lot of traits like endurance, cardio, resistance and stress management (because running alone against a lot of opponents, I promise you, it’s pretty stressful). Qualities are very important in many other sports. Athletics, especially running, is a very complete discipline that makes you enjoy your best, and makes you a true athlete (without any exaggeration).
8. Because you can do the migration and that’s really amazing
Relay, everyone has done that at least once in school, and I think you can experience the excitement that this sport has. It’s all stupid, and yet the ecstasy caused by the sequence is magic, whether it’s when you look or when you run.
We repeat it often but remember Floria Guei’s return during the European Championships in 2014. Even those who aren’t interested in athletics got chills. Now imagine that you are Floria Guei and take on all the other opponents to make your team win, that is the beauty of this sport.
9. 3x500m will look like a big money owner then
Everyone talks about this math bac test as man’s worst invention. But that’s because you wanted to be cool in high school and start smoking like your friend Léa, a bunch of sheep. If you train a bit, and develop your cardio and endurance through athletics, the 3 x 500m won’t seem too hard for you afterwards, and you might even be able to have fun during the event.
Instead of destroying your lungs just because of the cold, why not take a deep breath of fresh air and go for a run? (No, I do not receive my salary from the Ministry of Health nor the Fisheries Agency.)
10. Open your mind, it’s not just football
I think the title is clear and needs no further explanation. No, but seriously, seeing Usain Bolt run (okay, he stopped but even), or Rhino Lavillenie jumping, doesn’t that make you want to? Plus, if you put yourself in athletics, you can brag about running faster than all of your friends (unless you’re raunchy, but that’s another issue), still chic isn’t it? no…?