Is it a Sport?

22Feb14

Why is THAT a sport? A lot of people have been asking that question during the Winter Olympics, mostly about curling.

So what is a sport? The dictionary defines sport as, “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”.

That definition is a bit woolly, “entertainment” is subjective. I might find something entertaining but you might not think so. Does that mean as soon as a football match becomes boring to one person watching that it stops being a sport? Television is “entertainment”, darts and snooker are televised, are they sport?

The definition also mentions “physical exertion”. There isn’t much “physical exertion” involved in curling but they give out medals for it at the Winter Olympics so it MUST be a sport, right?

While I was watching the curling, I came up with a more precise definition of ‘sport’. I noticed the curlers shoes had white soles. Research revealed that curling shoes have two different soles. The “slider” shoe, is fitted with a Teflon sole designed for the sliding foot and the non-sliding shoe for the other foot is designed for grip.

After I discovered this, the true definition of sport almost wrote itself.

Sport – “An activity involving skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others but not in their normal shoes”.

Craic on!

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