SPORTS AND RELIGION IN ALBANIA: VIEWPOINT IN THE STUDENTS LINE
Physical Education and University Sports Department, University of Tirana, Albania
Keywords: Religious belief, symbols, rituals, social factors, social relationship
This article focuses on the relation between religious and sports institutions, which have similarities and interweave with each other. These institutions contribute to the society through their control and integration functions. Thus, favourable conditions might be created, which would alleviate the contradictions, disagreements and stress of the individuals. These issues are dealt with in the context of university youth. The relation of sports activity to religious belief is analysed using sociological study tools such as surveys, interviews and questionnaires. A total of 520 subjects, mostly (91%) students from the University of Tirana responded in relation to individual, cultural and social factors. Belief might influence individuals and social groups, providing a powerful impact on cultural ideology and relationships. Similarly, various sports activities are linked to cultural practices with different histories, traditions and aims. Sport and religion may be offered to the young generation as forms of equilibrium establishment for the individual who experiences the distressful pace of modern life.