20 Interesting facts about sports
This is for all sports fans. Here are plenty of facts about sports which you need to be aware of. For eg. Do you know Boxing was considered as the legal sport in 1901? More than 100 million people hold legal hunting licenses.
I dug out to find 20 such interesting facts about sports which even the hardcore sports fans might not be aware of.
Let’s have a look at facts about sports:
1. In 1900-1920, Tug of war was an Olympic Event and a part of summer games.
2. On 27th October 1954, football match came to a halt 60 years ago. This day spectators spotted unidentified objects flying over the stadium in Florence, Italy!
3. The longest tennis match took place in the year 2010 at Wimbledon. The match lasted 11 hours 5 minutes in which John Isner of the US beat Nicolar Mahut of France.
4. The first modern Olympic Games were held in the year 1896 in Athens, Greece. The match had 311 male competitors with not even a single female competitors. The first time women competed at the 1900 Games in Paris.
5. Kite flying is considered as the professional sport in Thailand.
6. The world’s oldest football club is Sheffield FC found in the year 1857. The club is recognized by FIFA as the oldest association football club in the world.
7. Olive branch wreath was given as the prize for event winners in the Ancient Olympics.
8. The material used to make tennis string was made from the fibers extracted from the animal intestine mainly from sheep, cow or goat.
9. Sumo wrestling is the national sport of Japan. Sumo is a competitive sport in which a wrestler tries to force the other out of the ring.
10. The biggest participant sport in the world is fishing. More people take part in fishing than in football.
11. The grass at Wimbledon was usually kept 2 inches long until 1949 when an English tennis player was bitten by a snake.
12. Until 2014, women were not allowed to participate in the ski jumping, an Olympic sport since the first-ever Winter Games in 1924. They were sued on the basis of discrimination in 2009.
13. Olympic gold medals are actually made of silver. They are 93 percent silver and six percent copper, leaving about one percent (or six grams) for the gold finish. The 1912 Olympic Games were the last to include gold medals actually made of solid gold.
14. Astronaut (and golfer!) Alan Shepard played golf on the moon in his NASA Apollo 14 mission to the Moon in the year 1971. He is the first and only interplanetary golfer.
15. Ever thought why the golf ball has dimples over them. Dimples help reduce drag, thus allowing the ball to fly further than a ball without dimples. The average golf ball has 336 dimples.
16. Phillippines competed in the Summer Olympics (20) without winning a gold medal.
17. The longest recorded point in the entire tennis history took 29 minutes and featured the ball crossing the net 643 times in a 1984 women’s match.
18. Until 1984, China did not won even a single Olympic medal. It was in 2008 Beijing games when the Chinese won 100 medals.
19. The men’s long jump world record was broken last in the year 1969.
20. The only country to participate in every Olympics under its own flag was Greece.
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