Sports are also very important for children because activity stimulates child's growth and development, both psychologically and socially.
There are two kinds of athletes – amateurs and professionals. The difference is that the professionals are remunerated for the time they spend in playing or training, while amateurs engage without remuneration.
The highest achievement for sportsmen is to participate in the Olympic games and win a gold medal.
The Olympic games are performed every four years, but not all the sports are represented there, however new disciplines are added every time the games are held.
The Olympic Games are named after the city in Greece where it took place for the first time in the year 776 B.C. and it was held there every four years for a long period of time. The intentions of the games were to allow the best sportsmen in the country to compete , and their ideal was to promote perfect men both in body and soul (as the games at the time were only for men).
The contemporary tradition of the games started in 1896, in Athens. Since then, the event has taken place every four years, excepting during the world wars. Since 1924, a special winter Olympics has been held.
The well-known symbol of the games is the five intertwined different coloured circles on a while background which symbolise the five continents.