Sports and games play an important role in the development of human personality. They are no less important than food and fresh water. The developed countries like England, Germany, France and U.S.A have made games an essential part of education at the school level. It is interesting to note that there are many nurseries and training centers for games in these countries. They admit boys and girls for necessary training to become future athletes, gymnasts and sportsman.
UNICEF also recognizes the critical role of sport and physical play in children‟s lives. At the most fundamental level, sport and play are a child‟s right, as detailed in article 31 of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child: States shall “recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Added to this is the broad consensus that regular physical activity is essential for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of children and adolescents. Involvement in sport can boost children‟s health, improve academic performance and help reduce crime.
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