Physical education and sports activities are part and
parcel of the Malaysian school curriculum. However, sports is not
compulsory for all students. Normally, only
students who are exceptionally good in certain sports will receive training and
participate in competitions. In my opinion, sports should be made compulsory in
school because participation in sports activities has many benefits for
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they hear the
word 'sports' is exercise. Sports provides students with exercise that leads to
good physical health. A recent news report said that obesity
among Malaysians is on the rise. It is commonly known that the best way to avoid
becoming obese is to exercise regularly. Nevertheless, there are some students
who do not like exercising. For this group, making sports mandatory in schools
would be an ideal way of making sure that they get the exercise needed to stay
Besides improving physical health, participating in sports also teaches
students important soft skills and values.
Leadership skills, discipline and perseverance can all be learnt through sports.
Teamwork is also a valuable thing to learn through sports. In team sports such
as football, basketball or volleyball, players must learn to work together and
cooperate with one another in order to succeed. These important
lessons that can be learnt through sports lead to the well-rounded development
of children and teenagers.
On the other hand, some people feel that making sports compulsory in school
would lead to some negative consequences. Sports is mostly about competition.
This might make youngsters focus too much on
winning and become overly competitive. However, in my opinion, this provides a
good opportunity for young people to be taught how to compete in a fair and
honest manner. They should also be taught that it is not winning but trying
one's best that matters. Experiencing healthy competition in school will help
prepare young people for the working world which is a competitive place after
In conclusion, sports has many benefits for students. Taking part in sports
promotes good health, develops soft skills encourages good values and prepares
young people for the competitive environment they
will face when they leave school. Hence, it only makes sense to make sports
compulsory in school.