We all know how important sports are for us. They help us with not just our physical well-being but also our mental and emotional state. One doesn't need to be a professional level sportsman to enjoy sports and their benefits. All one needs to do is dedicate some time to the sport and practice it regularly.
However, not all sports are easily accessible to the general public. You might have gone to Las Vegas to watch some sporting events but have you ever wondered what it took for those sportsmen to get there? There are many sports that require not just time and energy but also a substantial amount of money. In some of these sports, the financial investment is so large that one needs external sponsorships, patronage or sometimes even loans to make it happen. These could be a lot of fun to play but it comes at a cost. Here is a list of some of these sports.
A Pentathlon is actually a combination of five different sports which automatically makes it an expensive affair. The activities that usually make up a Pentathlon include fencing, swimming, shooting, running and show jumping. These are obviously completely different from each other which means a participant needs to train under five different coaches and also invest in different kinds of equipment. This is what makes it an expensive affair.
If you have watched the movie Point Break, you'd know what wingsuiting is all about. The sport involves you wearing a suit that makes you look like a flying squirrel and also glide like one. This extremely dangerous sport is one of the few sports that help humans defy gravity. The reason why this is an expensive affair is because the suit in itself costs close to $3000. The training involves hours of training jumping off aircrafts. Add up the aircraft rental costs and you'll know why this sport made it to this list.
Polo was known to be a sport for the royalty. It basically involves riding horses and playing some sort of hockey. The horses cost money as does the rest of the equipment. Polo is also a very dangerous game as the chances of falling off the horse are very high. So you might want to factor in your medical expenses as well. There are, however, instances where deserving candidates are given access to the sport like this article describes.
Formula 1 is perhaps the most expensive sport in the world. Very few people can afford this sport and their own and it's usually done with the help of corporate sponsors or patronage. An F1 car can cost upwards of a million dollars. The fuel, racing track rentals, crew and hours of practice can really rack up a bill which can only be afforded by a select few.
There are some more sports that should be mentioned in this list like bobsledding, ski jumping and equestrian. Even sailing which looks like a rather easy going sport requires a lot of investment. The moral of the story is that if you don't have the money, try running.