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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?

Synchronised swimming was exclusively a women's sport from its first appearance at the World Aquatics Championships in 1973 until 2015 when mixed duet categories were introducted. The earlier (pre-...
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Why are the same national football teams always the strongest?

There are many reasons why a select group of countries have dominated international football for so long, and there have been countless articles written about this subject but what it all comes down ...
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Does Vatican participate in any International sports?

Vatican City has both a national football and cricket team. However, as neither are members of the appropriate international governing body (FIFA and the ICC respectively) they don't compete in any ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

As of 2014, Major League Baseball adopted its current replay system, in which each manager can challenge a call one time per game, and gets a second one if the first call that they challenged is ...
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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?

Netball as a sport was developed exclusively for women (who couldn't be expected to run in long skirts, and therefore couldn't play basketball; this is the origin of the no-running-with-ball rule).
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Why no uniform testing for doping at major sporting events?

The answer is simple, although you won't hear it in the media: it's financial. Imagine a league like the MLB suddenly decides to test every one of its players on a given day. Immediately they end up ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

The National Hockey League also has a coach's challenge, as of the 2015-2016 season (official announcement). Coaches have a single challenge, which can be used to review a scoring play. If the ...
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Is there an objective reason for Scandinavian ice hockey ranking?

Based upon the IIHF's records of registered hockey players by country, Finland and Sweden have nearing 10 times as many people participating in organized hockey leagues compared to Norway. ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

It's not a coach's challenge per se, but cricket has the concept of player reviews, where either the batsman or the captain of the fielding side can request a review of an umpires decision.
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Cooperative sports throughout history

Certainly depends on your definition of sports, but... Are there sports that are uniquely cooperative? YES I can think of several examples where a team accomplished a goal of sport that was not ...
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How do teams and players adjust to changes in time zones on trips during season?

I am going to answer from my own experience. I am a travelling soccer player that plays with around 21 other travelling soccer players that have flown across the world. When going forward (example: ...
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Do team owners earn or spend money for their clubs?

There are similar questions that has been brought up on other sites. Ultimately though, generally speaking after all annual revenue is collected and all expenses are paid, sports franchises do not ...
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What are multidisciplinary sports?

Racketlon a combination of racket sports. Modern pentathlon fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, running. Throws pentathlon Chess boxing Also possibly: Joggling running/juggling, Cycle ball ...
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Playing for a foreign team professionally?

You've pretty much answered your own question here: a player cannot play professionally without having permission to work in that country. Citizens of that country have permission to work, and others ...
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Why no uniform testing for doping at major sporting events?

There are two good answers here that raise good points: There is no uniformity across sports because the incentives are different in different sports. Canadian Coder's answer about MLB is a good ...
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Sports with multiple balls

Billiards is a internationally competitive sport which incorporates at most 16 balls in a game. There are other games that can be played on a billiards table such as, seven-ball, eight-ball, nine-ball,...
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Why no uniform testing for doping at major sporting events?

It is not enough to test on the day of the competition, even if a 100% foolproof test for all illegal substances were possible. A doping athlete can use a drug during the training period leading up ...
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Is women's tennis the only sport which is shorter than men?

In athletics: The women run 100m hurdles while the men run 110m hurdles; the hurdles are also lower for women than men. While men and women both run 400m hurdles, the hurdles are again lower for ...
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Are there any sports other than American football that have a coach's challenge?

In Field Hockey each team has one video umpire referral per match, it seems limited to FIH World-Level competitions though (/when facilities are in place). As with the cricket example, it is the ...
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What is the oldest professional sports team in North America?

Although this may put the definition of "professional" in question, there exists a North American club team that's existence does date before the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Some lesser known history, ...
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Multi-national teams at club level

There are a number of anomalies around the Home Countries. Perhaps the closest to what you're thinking about involves Wrexham F.C., Colwyn Bay F.C. and Merthyr Town F.C., all of whom compete in the ...
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What is Lionel Messi's, Cristiano Ronaldo's and Diego Maradona's goals per game ratio against european cup/champions league winners?

Diego Maradona Diego Maradona scored five goals in eleven games against european cup winners. His goal per game ratio is less than half that of Pele. 23 December 1984. Juventus 2–0 Napoli. P1 G0 5 ...
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What is the OLY used behind the names of Olympians?

According to a post on the World Olympians Association: Much like a doctor, a lawyer or a university professor, becoming an Olympian takes many years of hard work and requires a diverse range of ...
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Why is the 2022 FIFA World Cup beginning in November?

The weather in Qatar at this time of year is well above 30°C and up to 45°C in the shade, with "RealFeel" temperatures of up to 50°C and even higher. Right now, as I am writing this answer, ...
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How long should a medal ribbon be?

The medal should support under the chest muscles, so normally the lenght should be around 60/70cm - (23/28 inches) Those elements normally are indipendent from the athlete's height because I think ...
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FC, does basketball and other sports have it?

Basketball Club and local-language-appropriate equivalent phrases are relatively common among European teams, especially those that are not basketball divisions of a larger sports club. North American ...
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Is Jay-Z personally doing negotiations, contract details, etc., or he is delegating as a sport agent?

Is there any evidence that he is personally doing negotiations, contract details, etc., or is he delegating? Since Jay-Z is licensed to be an NBA and MLB agent. He may have done negotiations, contract ...
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Are there sports in which being smaller than your adversary can be a distinct advantage?

Rock climbing Lead climbing and bouldering nowadays tends to favour smaller / lighter people than taller / heavier. I know this can end up as a long debate, but for a shorter person looking for a ...
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Are there sports in which being smaller than your adversary can be a distinct advantage?

Motorsports, like most other racing sports, typically favors drivers that are lightweight, which gives smaller, lighter drivers an advantage. While most motorsport organizations feature a minimum ...
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