It is a common saying,
“A sound body has a sound mind.”
No doubt, the ideal of a good and perfect life is to have a good mind in a sound body. This is recognised by all as the best means of performing our duties. Body and mind should work at their best, and they cannot do so unless hoth are in good order. The limbs must be supple, active and obedient to the will. The best way to keep the limbs fit is to exercise them in sports and games of physical skill and strength. It is the cheapest way to keep our selves healthy.
There is no society which has not its own special kinds of games. The proper end of games is bodily health and physical fitness. In the past, sports like hunting and fishing used to be mainly utilitarian in purpose. That is to say, men used to hunt in order to get food. But with the dawn of the Greek civilization, sports and games came to be looked upon as a means of building up the body beautifully. The famous Olympic Games, held every fourth year, were proof of importance given to sports and games. These are now held once in four years at various centers, throughout the world, especially in Europe and America. because they are developed countries and moreover they have many facilities to keep themselves healthy and active.
At present sports and games have come to stay in our civilization as an essential feature of human activity and their object is not merely fun. they also instil the spirit of discipline and team-work. Games like cricket, hockey and football are popular because of the spirit of teamwork which they inspire. This is no doubt true. The discipline that is gained in playing up games is invaluable in later life. It makes for a life or co-operation and teamwork which could be used for building up a great society and a nation as well. Games can not only bring a good name to the country but also some foreign exchange.
All of us should take active part in sports and games. It is good that our educational institutions encourage sports and games by organising matches and awarding prizes and trophies. The habit of taking part in games and sports is good in several ways. Apart from making us strong, healthy and fit, it teaches us how to use our energy in the right way. But all good things sometimes become fad. This is strange but is a true fact about human activities. Sports and games should he so organised that they will not interfere with studies of our youth. Life is not all sports. They are only a part, though a very important part. Sports and games encoůrage us adopting a good moral attitude in every sports of life by giving us the lesson of true sportsman spirit. They help us to improve our character and spend the time in a satisfactory way.