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Sport in Australia
Transcript of Sport in Australia
Sport Cultural Effects Sport has been a part of Australian culture since early European settlement in 1788. Since then, Australia has become known as one of the most successful sporting countries, excelling in a wide range of sports, including cricket, swimming, hockey, netball, water polo and wheelchair rugby.
Cultural advantages of international sport on Australian include the fact that it extends our name as a a successful county, particularly when we do well in world-wide events such as the Olympics. This success helps maintain the image we hold today. Other advantages now include the fact that Australia does not discriminate against race or gender when it comes to sport; everyone is given an equal chance. It also helps show how Australia's multiculturalism is expressed and something to be proud of (sport helps Australia do this).
There are not many disadvantages of Australia being linked to international sports, besides the fact that it has a dark past when it comes to letting Aboriginal cultures compete in the Olympics. It wasn't until 1973 when Cathy Freeman became the first Aboriginal Australian ever to compete in the Olympics.
We as an extremely multicultural country do not discriminate against race, sexuality, disability or gender when it comes to competing in international sport, but some religions do. An example of this is the fact that muslim women are not allowed to compete in sport, no matter what country they are from, as part of their religion. This is another disadvantage of sport in Australian culture. Economic Effects The main ecological advantages and disadvantages are mostly connected to the Olympics. All other international sporting events are constant (meaning they are happening over a long period, every year), and do not necessarily concern the Australian economy at any particular time. This is the complete opposite to the Olympics. For a few weeks every 4 years, countries all over the world put a large deal of their earnings into advertising and supporting their countries’ team in the Olympics Games. This may be positive and negative. The positive things are the fact that it brings in more money for the country, supplying the companies who sponsor the Olympics, more earnings than any other time of the year. There may be even more advantages for a countries’ economy, if they are the hosts of the Olympics, especially for the sponsors and Australia’s economy in general. There are not many economical disadvantages for sport occurring in Australia, besides the fact that everyday people may spend more money on things they wouldn’t usually, such as merchandise and tickets. It has no real disadvantage for Australia’s economy as a whole. Some people may argue that too much money is put into the Olympics when they occur, and this is true in some ways. There are much better ways to use this 'spare' money that seems to be accessible during the times of international sporting events, but it would take a whole lot of persuasion to change this. Political Effects: There are few advantages and disadvantages of international sporting links within Australia, as there is not much corruption due to political affairs, but a few may include:
-It enhances and strengthens our ties with other countries, for example the commonwealth games, and promotes our already formed good relationships with our political allies across the world.
-It unites all countries to celebrate something we all share in common: a love for sport.
-It forces most media attention away from politics and current affairs issues, and onto these major sporting events.
-It allows a certain country to promote the fact that they are successful, and are capable economy wise, to host large international sporting events. For example, China is known as one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than 13% of its population living under the international poverty line, but managed to display itself as a wealthy country in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, building new stadiums and catering for all these new guests. Political disadvantages of international sport may include the fact that political and current affairs issues may prevent sporting events from occurring, due to danger of participants or spectators. An example of this is the relationship between China and South Korea. In a Korea-China friendship football match held in Beijing, in 2000, South Korean spectators were violently beaten by Chinese spectators as the Chinese team lost. This is due to the fact that their countries’ political ties are not strong, resulting in protest against one another where large crowds are present. It is also enhanced by the fact that China has not won a football match against South Korea in 30 years. In this way, political effects of international sport could prevent sporting matches to be competed in safely.