We live in a society, and society has to do something. Not everyone will be managers. It is a profession that attracts young people. They do not stroll down the street, but work, train, glorify their country. That is, I think that sports are mainly needed so that young people do not engage in nonsense. Sport instills order and responsibility, and in the future will help to achieve something.
Sports are glorified not so much by athletes as by journalists. Our sport becomes interesting only before the Olympics. Have you ever seen the Russian skeleton championship? No, because they were never shown. And there are a lot of such sports. At one time, biathlon was also not as popular as it is now, but people came, gave money to journalists, and now it is very popular. This is the way to invest in sports, because it makes people.
I draw an analogy with films: there is also one mat, booze, smoke. This is our society and is growing. Now the only film released is "Moving Up": there would be more films like that, it would be great. It would be nice to focus on culture. Sport promotes healthy lifestyle: all athletes are fit, healthy. They are not allowed to eat illegal drugs.
Looking at people who do not go in for sports, an elderly grandmother, for example, I understand that she does not do any work: neither physical nor mental at her age of 90. It seems to me that sport, not professional, but amateur, it still allows the body to be in good physical shape, plus when you are in physical shape, you have constant health, your mood and well-being improves, physical work has a good effect on the work of the brain, on thinking processes.
If developed through marketing, through some kind of mass events that will be of interest to society, such as the "ski track of Russia", "cross-nation", it seems to me that they contribute to sports and active the way of life, it seems to me, is very energizing. For me, for example, it is very interesting to read the stories of various athletes, how they come to their victories. This is a very good incentive, you motivate yourself and you wonder how the other person came to some of his victories.
Another sport is a sublimation of aggression, both at the domestic and global levels: you can arrange a street brawl, or you can go to the gym; you can cause popular jubilation by attacking and defeating a neighboring country, or you can beat their national team in football.
I thought about this issue many times and I want to share my thoughts, as relevant:
1) Sport is a show and propaganda, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, a cult of power (in a good way), etc.
And in poor countries, sport is often a ticket to life, a dream and one of the few alternatives to poverty and banditry.
2) Since sport is a show, it is, Naturally, business also means that both athletes and numerous intermediaries, broadcasters, advertisers, etc. make a lot of money on this.
Well, as spectators, we also benefit from the show.
3) Athletes often become legends and cult figures and this does not mean that they should become MPs and appear on TV, pretending to be smart, no. Other examples are the well-known David Beckham or Didier Drogba, who, according to a legend close to the truth, stopped the civil war in Ivory Coast thanks to football and his charisma.