Sport has become a vital part of our existence. Imagine a world without football! Whether it is football, basketball, tennis or any other sport, people love it in any form as long as it is a sport. I’d recently read an article about sport being an art by J.M. Boxill, which was quite good and mirrored some of my own opinions on sport.
While not everyone would agree with me on sport being called an art form, I’d certainly put up a strong argument for it. There are many who think that aesthetic appeal is an entirely different aspect and should not be confused with art. But Boxill believes that sport is indeed a form of art that provides a means of expressing identity for both women and men. There are many kinds of sports, which can be considered as an art, for example this one.
Sport as a skill
While many see sport as a technical efficiency or skill than an aesthetic performance, I know this is not true. Why I’m saying this is because when an athlete gains the required expertise in a sport, he ceases to look on it as a skill, as he has mastered it already. He starts to make it look more attractive or in some cases for distracting the opponent.
Popularly called as signature movement this can be found in almost all sports. For instance, the bicycle kick of Pele is quite famous and a rage among football fans. You can see this in basketball too where players use their skills to arrive at efficient moves that not only win the game, but also make it more interesting to watch.
Shift towards art
While critics may reiterate that in a sport the ultimate objective is to win rather than emphasize on beauty, I think that the core concept of sport is misunderstood here. It is a given thing that a sport is played to win. But winning is not the only thing that motivates a player towards excellence. The term, ‘graceful losers’ has emerged because of this. Rather than play a lousy game and win, playing well and losing is what most athletes would prefer. When the exhibition of skill is stressed, victory loses its sheen and this is why I believe that sport is indeed an art.
Beauty in sport
Beauty, I accept is not the only objective for which a sport is played. Artists do not aim at creating beauty, but focus on their creative skills more. This is how sport is also a form of art. When explained in more technical terms as Boxhill says, artists create to get the message across in a way that appeals to our innermost conscience. Sports has its own aspect of beauty, which makes it part of an art but the beauty alone is not the sole reason for it being considered as an art. Self-expression is what makes art exclusive and in sports this is seen in the winning.
There are many more reasons that make sport more of an art form on which I can go on. But the main thing I want to stress upon is universally a sport is watched not for the win or loss in a game, but because it is an art that has to be experienced.