Differentiating between a game and a sport
What is your personal criteria that must be met for an activity, past time or a game to be classified as a "sport"?
Must it be athletic? Have to be played in athletic gear? Be only remotely likely to be won at the highest level by people in the prime of their lives i.e below the age of 35-40? Mean you must have an athletic build and cannot carry around a big beer gut and still partake at a world class level?
If so, where do you put things like fishing, darts, golf, snooker, 8 ball, cricket, lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, petanque, target shooting, plus half the olympic sports?
We often here debate everywhere about something being a game or a sport, but there is never exactly unanimous criteria, and often most agree on 8/10, but vigorously defend the one or two past times they like and enjoy as sport even though most disagree.
So, hopefully without insulting peoples favourite activities, can we try and get some agreement on criterion for something to be classed as a sport?
I'm sure we all agree with tennis.
Let the battle begin.
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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