Sport or not sport?

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Definition of Sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Right.

I'm watching the Commonwealth Games. Specifically bowling.

All I can see is a bunch of grossly overweight "athletes" playing a sedentary game of Pub-centric "sports" similar to pool, snooker or darts.

It is entertaining and there's skill....but should it be sport, anymore than curling in the Winter Olympics, or should Olympics & Commonwealth sports actually involve physical exertion to earn a medal?

In other words, should a fat, alehouse slob be afforded the equal opportunity to earn the same gold medal earned by those who are physically fit?
 

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Definition of Sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Right.

I'm watching the Commonwealth Games. Specifically bowling.

All I can see is a bunch of grossly overweight "athletes" playing a sedentary game of Pub-centric "sports" similar to pool, snooker or darts.

It is entertaining and there's skill....but should it be sport, anymore than curling in the Winter Olympics, or should Olympics & Commonwealth sports actually involve physical exertion to earn a medal?

In other words, should a fat, alehouse slob be afforded the equal opportunity to earn the same gold medal earned by those who are physically fit?

No, it’s not a sport. Don’t get me started on darts! However, I’d say with pool/snooker there’s certainly more skill involved but not to physical exertion... but then again for a fat knacker it probably is physically exerting.

They’re basically “sports” for those that got picked last at school for PE but in today’s world we have to be all inclusive as we all know on here.

Doesn’t sit right with me like you say, someone’s blood, sweat and tears poured into their sport... and then some umpa lumpa rocks up to roll a bowl or chuck a few darts at a bit of cork.
 

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Give them credit, getting up and down from the chair must be tough on their knee’s ;)
 

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sport in all its guises has to be welcomed and embraced the members of the british armed forces and all others stand testament in the participation of the current common wealth games. i cannot speak of darts.pool or bowls with a view as to their respective merits in a sporting arena or merely a pastime what i can agree with however curling has to be recognised as a bit of fun on a solid piece of ice you might happen across could we perhaps introduce ice volleyball that i could perhaps endorse as a sport.
 

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Shooting clays from a speeding bobsleigh would attract a big TV audience.
 

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oh yes 007 i for one would be tempted to take part and or view this combined sport/pastime what do you think of the inclusion shooting clays from a water ski.
 

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...what do you think of the inclusion shooting clays from a water ski.

Might be onto something here. It would be better TV than watching men and women manically sweeping the floor while shouting at each other (curling).
Or people simply falling into water (diving).
 

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Might be onto something here. It would be better TV than watching men and women manically sweeping the floor while shouting at each other (curling).
Or people simply falling into water (diving).

Come now, you can't throw diving in with the likes of curling, bowling and darts :(
 

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i agree at first reading your post i thought you wrote manically weeping and shooting at each other whether that can be openly classified as a sport/pastime will be open for further debate although the comprehension of shouting,shooting and indeed sweeping,weeping underwater manically has to be considered
 

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To be honest any sporting event on TV is enhanced for me by the abscence of Clare Balding.
 

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good point well worth looking into the pros and cons of the Clare Balding throwing event.the clean and snatch lifting the wonderful Clare. if the tip she gave me for the grand national tomorrow does not oblige its of the horse Clare and get back to the underwater shot put or in other words any cannon balls you may stumble across.
 

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A bit beside the point at hand but similar.

In martial arts, Kenpo Karate in particular (a system I have been training in for most of my life), the majority of practitioners and "senior black belts" are unfit, overweight slobs too, some are even very sick. That's not to say that they don't have mass and power behind their movements, believe me they do have mass.

Some are overweight and extremely good at it, talented and pretty dangerous. So I guess it depends on the person and their attitude, attributes and whether or not they actually have an affinity for it.

Kenpo Karate isn't a sport, it is quite unfortunately, dominated by mainstream commercialism and ego.

Traditionally, a martial artist who was serious and any way diciplined would ensure that they had a fitness regimen and good nutrition in their training.

The majority of older martial artists don't do that, prefer the ould drink and end up overweight, in Ireland at least.

Not exactly a useful or a very relevant point but as my landscaping psycho boss used to say, It's totally different but exactly the same.
 

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all points are relevant mixed martial artist up against a sumo wrestler over weight,under weight deemed fit unfit what about a chess event wearing boxing gloves could that be introduced as a sporting class under the mixed aggressive thinking category
 

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