Ethnicity is something that many people are proud of. When you belong to a specific group of people that has a common national and cultural tradition, that is indeed something that you should feel proud of.
On the other hand, sport has always been something that connected people. Many sports promote fight against racism, but it is something different than ethnicity in the popular sense.
For the purpose of this article, we will talk about ethnicity and race as synonyms, as they are similar (people who are of a different race are often of a different ethnicity as well).
Coaches are often the first people to assume that some players cannot achieve success due to their ethnicity. For example, we cannot imagine someone who is an ethnic Yoruba (a people group from Ivory Coast) to be good at skiing.
This is plainly wrong, as it is obvious that the residents of Ivory Coast are not really familiar with winter and snowy weather at all. It seems somehow natural for them not to be interested in winter sports.
However, the climate does not have to be the only factor. Some cultures developed a taste for sports which come from other cultures. For example, the people from India are absolutely in love with cricket, while it may not be popular in Latin America at all.
The Power of Football
Football is one sport that brings closer all ethnicities and countries. Although it is not popular equally across the world, there is the least prejudice about ethnicity in football. When you take a look at the popular football clubs in Europe (which is the epicenter of football), you can find people from all over the world.
Yes, it is natural that some countries (mainly European and South American) are the most dominant, but it is just a matter of time when other countries accept football as much. For example, China is doing great work with promoting football, and their league has become really strong. In a couple of years, we will see a lot of Chinese players in Europe!
Apart from football, some other sports are making progress as well. Track & Field games are full of people that come from various ethnicities, and Athletics is another sport that transcends ethnicity.
The correct standpoint is that dividing people based on their ethnicity should not be present in any sport, and official organizations of those sports should work hard to overcome these boundaries.
Therefore, if you want to become a professional athlete, the correct attitude is to disregard all the talk about ethnicity and enjoy the games. The best team should win, and that is all that matters in sports, apart from having a good time.