ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Grounds of Self-respect

A great sporting culture can only flourish in an environment that prioritises safety and democratisation.

We move, therefore we are. The complex evolution of human civilisation was possible because humans moved for survival and, in the process, made many discoveries. Mobility in another form, shown by the innate need to run or play by children, is also an expression of the need to know, to explore the world around, and to socialise. Scholars of physical education analyse physical movement as imbued with a deep meaning that involves experience and expression through the body. The ability to achieve optimal athletic prowess, with a unique style of the player, can be witnessed only in a professional sporting arena. Though professional sports are far distant and different from their origins in leisurely activities, they evoke a sense of joy and wonder, experienced by both the player and the spectator.

What is that indescribable excitement of watching the titan of tennis—Roger Federer—on the court? In an attempt to answer this question, David Foster Wallace says that the spectator experiences a kind of “kinaesthetic beauty,” which is human athleticism at its peak. It is a paradoxical acknowledgement of the existence of the body, its vulnerabilities, and, at the same time, defying the boundaries set by the physical. C L R James, in his memoir, Beyond a Boundary (1963), describes the spectator’s emotion of watching a great cricketer as an aesthetic experience.

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Updated On : 6th Jan, 2024
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