Many countries spend large amounts of money on preparing competitors in major world sporting events such as the Olympic Games and football World Cup. Instead, this money can be spent on encouraging children to take up sports at a young age.To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Investing in sports is an important part of the government’s business to improve the physical fitness of the population, particularly young children. While it is necessary to train a few selected individuals to compete in major world sporting events, the government should do more to provide young people with plenty of fun activities. There are a myriad of benefits to be gained from funding sports participation at grass-root levels and excellence in performance at elite levels.
To begin with, to motivate children to be physically fit, they should be physically active with a lot of fun at grass-root levels, and the key is investing in a variety of sports facilities. Whatever their fitness personality, all young children can be physically fit through enjoying regular exercise, if only for the fun of it.. Generally speaking, if children start doing sports early enough, they will come to regard physical activity as a normal—and fun—part of everyday routine. The point is keeping the focus on fun because young children will not do something they do not enjoy. If they enjoy a sport, they will do more of it; on the contrary, if they do not, they may be bored and frustrated and therefore reluctant to exercise. This shows why money should be spent on giving fun opportunities to children who begin taking up sports at an early age.
At elite levels, it is not a waste of money when it comes to preparing competitors in major world sporting events because athletes are allowed to experience the winning spirit of competition on the global stage. For that matter, every government has a duty to spend money on helping its people fulfill their potential, and such events as the Olympics and World Cup can give athletes a goal and young people a chance to believe in themselves. At this point, the question arises about the wisdom of a country (with limited resources) spending too much money and not getting a good return on investment, suggesting that this money should be put elsewhere instead. Although the answer to the question depends on who you ask, there is evidence that investing in elite athletes is gaining support from a country’s people who like to see their stars shining in international competitions. That in turn is an encouragement for young children to do sports at an early age.
In terms of policies, a county has nothing to lose when spending huge money on encouraging young children to be engaged in physical activities at grass-root levels as well as on preparing competitors at elite levels. Both policies are worth investments from the government. And neither is a losing business.