Spartans hated sports. To be honest they thought sports were for sissies. In fact, Tyrtaios, the great Spartan war poet even wrote about how unimpressive athletic achievement was. According to him a man is not good in warfare unless he dares look upon bloody slaughter and to a Spartan if you aren t good in warfare then you aren t worth the air you breathe. It was for this reason that most of the Spartan competitions were so mindboggingly brutal.