Some people believe that only the fittest and strongest individuals and teams can succeed in sports. Others think that success in sports depends on mental attitudes. Discuss both these views and give your own opinions.
Winners in sports competitions are often regarded as heroes. However, people have different views about the decisive factor for victory in a sports competition.
Some believe that only the fittest and strongest participants can achieve success in sports competitions. This belief is based on the understanding of sports as purely physical activities and the fact that the results of sports competitions are often determined by the strength, speed, endurance, flexibility or balance that participants display. It is the objective comparisons of participants’ performance according to these criteria that make many sports competitions worthwhile and fair. This is particularly true of individual sports such as swimming, track and field and weightlifting.
Others, however, think that success in sports depends on mental attitudes. Stamina-based sports such as cross-country cycling and triathlon are so demanding that even participants in the best physical condition need strong willpower to carry themselves through the competition and win. Without enough perseverance, a competitor would give up before the end of the race.
When it comes to team sports such as basketball and volleyball, co-operation among team members is so crucial that even teams consisting of players with the best physical abilities may lose if the individual players lack team spirit. For example, if the members of a basketball team only care about how to score points by themselves and refuse to share the ball with and help other members who have better scoring opportunities, the team is not likely to be successful on the court, no matter how tall, strong or agile its members are.
My own opinion is that success in sports requires more than good physical condition. It needs a combination of great physical energy, a winning attitude and a bit of good luck. If two teams are evenly matched in terms of physical abilities, then the one with more co-operative and determined players is more likely to win.