Since ancient times, with the aim of improving the health, lots of sport has been invented. After thousands of years, many sports no longer exist anymore, but there are some sports still used to even today. Therefore, in Top 10 oldest sports in the world, IluvSport will list out these top oldest sports that are still played to the present day.

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1. Hockey

Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. It is believed to be played by the ancient Egyptians from 4000 years ago.

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2. Horse riding

A sport referring to the skill of riding, driving, steeplechasing or vaulting with horses. This sport has been in the Olympics since 1900.

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3. Boxing

Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. The earliest known depiction of boxing comes from a Sumerian relief in Iraq from the 3rd millennium BCE

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4. Gymnastic

Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control. Internationally, all events are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). This sport has been in the Olympics since 1896.

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5. Polo

Polo is a team sport played on horseback. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. Many documents show that this sport was invented at about the 6th century to the 1st century BC.

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6. Discuss throw

The discus throw is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc—called a discus—in an attempt to mark a farther distance than his or her competitors. This was a sport invented in 708 BC.

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7. Javelin throw

The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin, a spear about 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length, is thrown. The javelin was part of the pentathlon of the Ancient Olympic Games beginning in 708 BC.

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8. Long jump

The long jump (historically called the broad jump) is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength, and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. The javelin was part of the pentathlon of the Ancient Olympic Games beginning in 656 BC

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9. Wrestling

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. Many documents proving that wrestling was invented in the ancient Olympics

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10. Running

Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground. Many documents proving that wrestling was invented in the Greece ancient Olympics.

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