National Sports Have The Opposite Image Of Country’s Identity

National Sports Have The Opposite Image


Sports are well valued and rated towards the development of national pride as well as the national identity. Although this report still exist the outcome of what comes in between are worth to remain questionable. It is clear that not everyone who participates in the international sports has a clear aim in support of their individual countries. Evidence shows that some are even up for money and in whatsoever reason they do not consider anything to do with building up of the countries report and thus why incidences of doing sports from another country is so common.

The international sports are known to portray a nice image to every country involved. However, in the recent years the international sports have been involved towards tarnishing and bringing an opposite report towards a certain county contrary to what is expected.

I decided to come up an idea of conducting a survey so that to find out if it true. It was based to find out if national sports have an opposite image towards the countries identity. Firstly the data was extracted from the main sources where the sports are majorly conducted.

According to a study which concentrated in American and Canadian sports, it was evident that all through the history of Canadian-American from early 1950s up to late 1980s, Canadian students have been participating in the American Collegiate hockey (Kelly, 2007). This was as a result of the sophisticated training from the recruiters the administrators who were there at the time. However, this seemed to be trending opposite way in accordance to the international competitions that came along later. The results of Canadian students dominating in sports started to be evident in the early 50s. From that time debates have come up on what these students have been doing to the American collegiate athletics by trying to pose threats on them (Hughes, 2009).

I attended a particular sports day in the United States for the hockey game. I was amazed by how the team had been blended by different players who represent the United States. I tried to carry an interview from some of the Canadian players, according to them; they played for the American team because they had the best ability as well as they are paid. Nevertheless, it was evident that the Canadians had much ego than they were expected to be trying to show out that they were good. In relation to social scientist, studies that had been related to sports shows out that sports sites were for the negotiations and construction of national identity contrary to today where sports are being used to crystallize feelings of the fellow opposite members and making them feeling lesser.

Moreover, the sports are viewed to present a unit conscious being. The Canadian historians say that In Olympics almost all the Canadians even who have trained wholly on other countries including the United States come down to present their own countries. Some games however, are popular to some respective know countries but it comes out still well that these countries do not dominate in such sports (Naples, 2002).


I was able to conduct a simple research where I distributed questionnaires to people around who had attended the international sports and this is much of what I got. Most of the gender that watch games are mostly males having the highest number at 73% in respect to their female colleagues who have 27%. Most of the fans came from Saudi Arabia 55%, Canada 3%, Columbia 6%, Japan 9%, china 12% and other countries remained at 15%. Most of the fans who attended the sports were at the age between 18-25, while the rest but not exceeding the age of 35 were at 21%.

It was evident that most of the people who attended the sports like either playing or watching soccer and hockey 24% of them watching or playing more than once, while the rest of the large number either play twice a month or daily at 21% and 15% respectively. This can be defined that almost 69% like and believe soccer and hockey are the best sports in the world.


The Canadians have been viewed to be tougher in hockey by over 42% of the population where the data was collected, while others think that they are risk takers and rough at 27% and 24% respectively. Nonetheless 41% of the international sport students think that they are rough and not absolutely tough and risk takers as opposed to those groups who both stands at 25%. On the other hand 52% Canadians think that they are peaceful while 33% think that they are so polite and the rest think that they are just competitive. The 22% of Canadians believe that their national sports are opposite of their national identity because they don’t like playing the game out of their passion maybe. Others from different part of the world think so because they don’t have snow, and play internationally because it is more competitive and more challenged. Therefore it is clearly evident that national sports are opposite to countries identity.


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