Top 10 reasons to love athletics, a sport where you don’t just jump high

It is an understatement to say that mere mortals, i.e. you, are not very interested in athletics outside of the Olympics. And I tell you bunch of beggars, you miss a lot of things. Athletics is one of the oldest sports in existence, and if it still exists after all these years: simply because it is the most beautiful sport, period.

1. Athletics is one of the oldest sports, practiced in ancient Greece

Even before your personal culture (because you really need it), the word athletics comes from the Greek “athos” which means “fight”, and this refers to the art of surpassing oneself, but also of surpassing the opponent’s performance. surpass in speed, stamina, distance or height. And yes, it’s kind of pffffffffffffffffffffffff, not like “football” which just means “football”.Then know that, as the beautiful site explains very well Wikipedia “Running, throwing and jumping are natural gestures and in fact the concept of athletics dates back to time immemorial, as confirmed by certain cave paintings from the late Paleolithic period (60,000 BCE)…” That’s it, athletics is the sport of choice that has passed through the ages without passing complicated rules in bizarre stadiums.

2. The simplicity of the sport allows anyone to practice it (not like golf or skiing, those rich sports)

Athletics is a simple sport that has made it so successful over the centuries. So yes, these days in modern athletics, there are a few rules that complicate everything a bit (and even more), but in general there isn’t much to know before you start. Not much to know, but not much to have either. To race you just have to be with several, the same to throw it, you just have to have something to swing and we’ll see who is the person with the most power. Basically, athletics is one of the few sports that is practiced in many countries. VOILAAA is an AKSESSIBLE sport, not like sports where you need crazy infrastructure and sick equipment.

3. Imagine that we are not dirty in France

Marie-Jo Perec, Renaud Lavillenie, Stéphane Diagana, Kevin Mayer, imagine if all these people are French. Marie-Jo Perec is a multiple Olympic medalist, long-time world champion in her discipline, the long sprint (200m and 400m), Lavillenie is a pole vaulter who has long held the world record with 6m16, Stéphane Diagana has been world champion twice. 400m hurdles and finally Kevin Mayer holds the current world record decathlon and is the current world champion.

If you are interested in French sports achievements, you will find that many come from athletics.

4. In a match you can watch many events at once

In a rugby match we only see rugby (and guys lose their teeth sometimes too), in soccer the same, but when we go to an athletics meeting (that means “competition” in the slang) we see LOTS of different events and that’s really cool.

Running, jumping, throwing, it’s everywhere, as soon as one event ends, another begins, sometimes there are even several at once, and it’s great that we really don’t have time to get bored.

5. There are as many women as there are men

And yes, athletics is one of the most equal sports, ie it is (almost) 50/50 in practice, and also (almost, but not quite) 50/50 in the media. There are also mixed events (like mixed relay races for example), not all sports can say the same.

6. It’s an Affordable Sport

As a reminder, the athletic license and club registration cost nothing (about a hundred euros for the year, depending on the age and the club you are a member of), and even if you want to attend a meeting, the prices are generally not exorbitant, for example the prices for a seat at the indoor meeting in Paris ranged from 10€ to 45€, you are not going to spoil yourself.

7. It’s super comprehensive and gives you the foundation for any other sport

You’ve been doing athletics for years and are now going to change sports? Know that your past career as an athlete will give you a solid foundation in just about any other sport.

In athletics, no matter the discipline, you are taught to run. Because yes, you can learn to run fast and it is not that simple. And in many sports it is a good thing to be able to run fast (soccer or rugby for example). You will also develop many qualities such as endurance, cardio, resistance and stress management (because running alone against many opponents, I promise you it is very stressful). Very important features in many other sports. Athletics, and especially running, is a very complete discipline that takes you to the best of yourself and makes you a real athlete (without exaggerating).

8. Because you can do relay and that’s really great

The relay race, everyone has done it at least once in school, and I think you can feel the enthusiasm that this sport caused. It’s all silly, and yet the euphoria created by the relay is magical, whether it’s when you watch or when you run.

We repeat it all too often, but we remember Floria Guei’s comeback at the European Championship in 2014. Even those who don’t care about athletics got the chills. Now imagine being Floria Guei and competing against all the other competitors to make your team win, that’s the beauty of this sport.

9. The 3x500m will look like a lot of money in retrospect

Everyone speaks of this sports baccalaureate test as man’s worst invention. But that’s because in high school you wanted to be cool and smoke like your friend Léa, bunch of sheep. If you train a little, develop your cardio and endurance by doing athletics, the 3x500m won’t seem that hard to you afterwards, you might even be able to have fun during the event.

So instead of destroying your lungs to cool down, why not take a deep breath and go for a run? (no, I am not paid by the Department of Health, nor by the FFA).


I think the title is clear and doesn’t need much more explanation. No, but seriously when you see Usain Bolt running (well, he even stopped), or Renaud Lavillenie jumping, don’t you want that? Plus, if you put yourself in athletics, you can show off by running faster than all your friends (unless you’re bad, but that’s another issue), it’s still classy, ​​isn’t it? No…?