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