Sport has long been recognized as a psychological outlet for the latent tribal instincts inherent in all of us. It harkens back to the dawn of recorded history when numbers and clan loyalty improves survival odds. Genetic memory fulfils this psychological longing of being part of a greater collective through sport. From the wrestling matches on the southwestern mountains of Mongolia 7,000 years ago to Egyptian athletics events 4,000 years ago and gymnastics competitions of Ancient Greece 3,500 years ago, sports have been an integral part of human civilization throughout the ages.
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