The Victorian and Edwardian Sportsman

Traditional British were informal, spontaneous. regional, brutal and tainted by

gambling, drunkenness and disorder, Victorian Britain made sport •sporting'

respectable. rule-bound and a nationwide obsession. Competitiveness he came codified.

A novel cult of amateurism battled against the emergence of commercialization. Ancient

sports, such as archery and fencing, were revived, New sports. such as tennis and

cycling, were invented. Foreign sports, including polo, judo and lacrosse, were

imported, Scotland curling to Canada and golf to the world. and exported

cricket as New Zealand, New materials and technologies, from rubber to railways,

trams

The first use of the blazer as sportswear (in 1838) was by the Cricket Union

of Mexico,

 

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