Even fairly recently, Bridge tried to be recognised as a sport by Sport England, so as that it could receive funding too. However, this was turned down as they said it was no more a sport thanEuropean Sports Charter (2009) wrote: 1. For the purpose of this Charter:
a. "Sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.
This is despite the fact that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognises the World Bridge Federation as a sports organisation, so is subject to the same regulatory environment as any other sport.Mr Justice Dove wrote:“sitting at home, reading a book”
So what, in your opinion, is a sport? What would you say is a fundamental requirement for something to be classed as a sport? What would you say is/is not a sport?
Personally, I think there needs to be more elements to it than just being a competition to be called a sport. Like, its hard to draw a line and say when something stops becoming a game and becomes a sport. Does a sport have to require physical exertion of some kind? I would say yes, for me.
For Bridge, I think it was a bridge too far to classify it as a sport. Plus, its relatively cheap to organise as the equipment does not cost much so I don't understand exactly why they needed access to the funding (as that seemed to be the main thing they were after in this).
However, this doesn't take away from the intelligence and thought behind games such as chess, chinese chess, bridge etc. Skill is required with these games, but they are "mind sports" if you wanted to classify them.