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Bowling

Bowling

Evidence exists that sports similar to bowling were played in ancient Egypt and among Polynesian people. Hints of bowling can…

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis is played between two or four athletes on a court 23.77m long x 8.23m wide for singles or 10.97m wide for doubles, with a net stretched across the middle. Play begins with one player serving the ball from the right-hand side behind his/her baseline diagonally across the net into the opposite service court.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo

The eight taekwondo events at the Olympic Games – four weight categories for men, four for women – are played as a single elimination tournament. The winners of each contest qualifies for the next round, with the two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest. All competitors who lost to one of the finalists enter the ‘repechage’, which eventually determines the winners of the bronze medals.

Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Table tennis was developed as an indoor version of lawn tennis after the latter became popular during the 1880s. The…

Squash

Squash

Squash was invented at the Harrow School in England circa 1830 when students realized that a punctured rackets ball squashed…

Softball

Softball

Softball is said to have been invented as an indoor sport in Chicago in 1887. Following a Harvard-Yale football game,…

Shooting

Shooting

Shooting events are distinguished by the type of firearm or airgun, the type of target, whether moving or stationary, and the distance of the shooter from the target. A score from one to 10 is awarded for each shot, depending on its accuracy. In the final events, partial points can be awarded for shots that are close to the target.

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing competitions have been held since the 19th century, but without a uniform set of rules, individual yachting clubs each…

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