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Juggling in the Olympics - A Perfect Sport
There are many reasons why juggling is a perfect sport and as such why it should be included in the Olympic Games. Juggling has a long history and is enjoyed by people of all ages around the world. It requires discipline, skill, precision, speed, and consistency, making it a unique and challenging sport. It teaches a step by step approach to overcoming obstacles and achieving goals of any kind.
1. Physical demands: Juggling requires the use of the entire body, from the hands, arms, shoulders, and back to the legs and core muscles for stability. It requires strength, flexibility, and endurance. Jugglers must maintain their focus, accuracy and concentration for extended periods of time, which is physically and mentally exhausting.
2. Competitive aspect: Juggling competitions have been held for over 75 years, with participants competing in categories such as endurance, freestyle, and full routine programs. There are established rules and regulations for juggling competitions, making it a viable sport for Olympic consideration.
3. Cultural significance: Juggling has been a part of many cultures throughout history. It has been used in performance, entertainment, and even as a form of therapy. Juggling can be found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, medieval art, and in modern-day street performances. Its inclusion in the Olympics would recognize and celebrate its cultural significance.
4. Accessibility: Juggling requires minimal equipment and can be practiced almost anywhere. It is an inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Its inclusion in the Olympics would promote inclusivity and diversity.
5. Entertainment value: Juggling is a visually stunning sport that can captivate audiences. Its inclusion in the Olympics would provide a unique and entertaining addition to the lineup of traditional Olympic sports.
6. Juggling improves reaction time, speed, accuracy and proprioception. It is an excellent cross training exercise that can also be used to improve these elements in other sports.