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METU Department of Physical Education and Sports

What is Sports?

"Sport" comes from the Old French desport meaning "leisure", with the oldest definition in English from around 1300 being "anything humans find amusing or entertaining".

The French word for sport is based on the Persian word bord, meaning "winning" or "win" . The Chinese term for sport, tiyu(体育; 體育) connotes physical training. The modern Greek term for sport is Αθλητισμός (athlitismos), directly cognate with the English terms "athlete" and "athleticism".

Other meanings include gambling and events staged for the purpose of gambling; hunting; and games and diversions, including ones that require exercise. Roget's defines the noun sport as an "activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement" with synonyms including diversion and recreation.

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Welcome to Middle East Technical University Library subject guide for Sports. This guide was created for assiting your researches in this area. 

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Associations & Organizations

            The NASC is the primary network for communication and information sharing on all topics relating to the sports event industry.

            NASPE is the society in which all individuals are physically educated and participate in lifelong physical activity.

            NASO is the nation's premier association of sports officiating and premier resource for sports officiating information.

            Supports retailers, dealers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and sales agents in the sporting goods industry.

            The objective of IASL is the research and the teaching of Sports Law and the institution of the Olympic Games

            The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity.

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