The paper defines religion and sport as social institutions which have engaged large portions of many societies. The functions of both are highlighted to include social bonding and interaction, promotion of integration as well as socialization. The relationship between religion and sport are reviewed from primitive societies to the reformation, the rise of Protestantism and industrial revolution. It is concluded that the symbiotic relationship between the two should be explored further, studying and exploring factors that may bring peace, unity and cohesion in the country. It is recommended that inter-denominational sports competitions should be encouraged to chart the course toward unity for our youths.
Key words: Institutionalized, supernatural, sacred, anthropomorphic, rituals, sport, religion, review.
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