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What is a sport

Watching the Olympics and I am surprised at some of the events that get classed as sport.
It's been mentioned in the Olympic thread that Squash isn't in the Olympics yet synchronised swimming, beach volleyball and (I am not kidding) dressage where a bird sits on a horse and makes it dance around in a square to music, are.

My definition of sport revolves around the basic term..
Faster, Stronger, Further...I use that to define if it's a sport.

All "sports" where you don't change your shoes are out
All "sports" where you are judged by someone else, are out...you win or lose, sports are competitive and physical not arbitrarily judged by a 3rd person.

That's my definition, what is yours?
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Old 19.08.2008, 15:51
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Re: What is a sport

Running at lunchtime.
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Old 19.08.2008, 15:57
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Running at lunchtime.
The competition between sports bra and women.
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All "sports" where you are judged by someone else, are out
Oooh, used to have this argument with my dad all the time. I think any form of competition where there is a winner and one or more losers is a sport.

By your definition there you are excluding, amongst others:
  • Boxing
  • Freestyle Motorcross/skiing/boarding
  • Freeride skiing/boarding
  • BMX/skate halfpipe comps
  • Gymnastics
  • Diving
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:14
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Re: What is a sport

Womens beach volleyball

The US womens pole vaulting team
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:16
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Re: What is a sport

i think a sport should posses an element of risk, possibly of injury to self or others, as one would expect of physical activity. that said, i don't think shooting should be a sport, otherwise darts should qualify too.

the artistic element of sport should be secondary to, say, level of difficulty, variety etc. therefore, gymnastics floor exercise-yes, synchronised swimming-no. also, individual diving-yes, diving in pairs-no. why can't yoiu just take part in the individual event?
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In that case,

your mother.
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In that case,

your mother.

Brilliant
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i think a sport should posses an element of risk, possibly of injury to self or others, as one would expect of physical activity. that said, i don't think shooting should be a sport, otherwise darts should qualify too.

the artistic element of sport should be secondary to, say, level of difficulty, variety etc. therefore, gymnastics floor exercise-yes, synchronised swimming-no. also, individual diving-yes, diving in pairs-no. why can't yoiu just take part in the individual event?
Your classifications here lack consistency. Your criteria as to what qualifies as a sport seems to be based on what sports you like and what you don't. I mean seriously, what possible justification is there to saying that, on one hand, diving qualifies as a sport. But if there is somebody else diving at the same time in synchronisation, then it suddenly stops being a sport???

That is like saying that the 400m track race is a sport, but the 4x400m relay isn't.
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:33
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Re: What is a sport

Not sure about the others but with gymnastics the artistic element is a very small part of the scoring. The judging is based on set elements & the difficulty of the routine the fluffy dance parts are becoming less & less important as the sport progresses. This is the same for all gymnastic disciplines.

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Watching the Olympics and I am surprised at some of the events that get classed as sport.
It's been mentioned in the Olympic thread that Squash isn't in the Olympics yet synchronised swimming, beach volleyball and (I am not kidding) dressage where a bird sits on a horse and makes it dance around in a square to music, are.

My definition of sport revolves around the basic term..
Faster, Stronger, Further...I use that to define if it's a sport.

All "sports" where you don't change your shoes are out
All "sports" where you are judged by someone else, are out...you win or lose, sports are competitive and physical not arbitrarily judged by a 3rd person.

That's my definition, what is yours?


i think you forgot to add t
he naked-biking u like so much...no need to be ashamed planty (can i call u that?)
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:41
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Re: What is a sport

What is a sport?

Any activity which has an administrative organisation with the will and means to convince, schmooze and bribe Olympic delegates into including it as a sport
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:43
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Your classifications here lack consistency. Your criteria as to what qualifies as a sport seems to be based on what sports you like and what you don't. I mean seriously, what possible justification is there to saying that, on one hand, diving qualifies as a sport. But if there is somebody else diving at the same time in synchronisation, then it suddenly stops being a sport???

That is like saying that the 400m track race is a sport, but the 4x400m relay isn't.
if doing something at the same time qualifies as a sport, it will open the door for other events too. we could have synchronised pummel horse, parallel bars etc.
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:45
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Re: What is a sport

I think that midget throwing and beer pong should be Olympic sports.
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That's my definition, what is yours?
oops forgot my answer to OP question

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Watching the Olympics and I am surprised at some of the events that get classed as sport.
It's been mentioned in the Olympic thread that Squash isn't in the Olympics yet synchronised swimming, beach volleyball and (I am not kidding) dressage where a bird sits on a horse and makes it dance around in a square to music, are.


That's my definition, what is yours?
*puts pedantic cap on*
now now now, men compete in dressage too! And not all dressage is preformed to music.
Also, if dressage shouldn't be an olympic sport, then eventing (which is dressage, cross country and show jumping) would need to go too - even though cross country and show jumping are not judged; fault points are given for knocking down poles, refusing jumps etc.

Just thought I should throw that in...
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:51
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What is a sport?

Any activity which has an administrative organisation with the will and means to convince, schmooze and bribe Olympic delegates into including it as a sport
indeed. consider squash.

"principal limitation has always been the difficulty in observing the sport as a spectator, either in person or on television"

in short, less revenue from fewer spectator count. i can understand that it can be difficult to observe, but surely that can be overcome with some cleverly placed cameras.

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Oooh, used to have this argument with my dad all the time. I think any form of competition where there is a winner and one or more losers is a sport.

By your definition there you are excluding, amongst others:
  • Boxing
  • Freestyle Motorcross/skiing/boarding
  • Freeride skiing/boarding
  • BMX/skate halfpipe comps
  • Gymnastics
  • Diving
Boxing I consider a contest, the judging bit is there to stop people dieing in 24hour bouts.
All the others though I would chuck out as non-sports. Technical, but not a sport by my definition.


I also understand the complaint against the synchro diving, its the same as beach volley ball for me...the sport is already there, why do we need it repeated with just a slight twist.

Horse riding where they compete against each other in a time trial is fine I reckon, its just where they get points judged on someone else's criteria.

Edit..also I think a sport should be more than X number of years old to be a proper sport. People have to have been doing it for a decent amount of time before it graduates to sport.
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Old 19.08.2008, 16:58
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he naked-biking u like so much...no need to be ashamed planty (can i call u that?)

If I was chairmen of the Olympic committee I would definitely include more naked sports
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