Fencing. Field hockey. Figure skating. Fishing and flying.
These are all sports.
No wonder some people ask, what is a sport?
The obvious thing common to all sports is competition, usually
head-to-head. However, competition would include checkers, chess,
dominos, tiddly-winks, and poker. Few think of these as sports
or their players as athletes.
So, competition would not have to be head-to-head. Golf, for
example, is a sport but opponents are not competing head-to-head,
but are competing with the course.
Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer are all
considered sports by most people without hesitation. All of
them have a competitive nature, require training and include
the use of a ball.
But if a sport requires use of a ball, that leaves out boxing
and wrestling which are also considered sports by most people.
So what is a sport? Can we define it as including competitiveness,
training, physical activity, and the involvement of more than
But this definition leaves out horse racing, rodeo, cheerleading,
and auto racing. These activities all have people involved in
competition and require many hours of training, but they are
often not thought of as sports.
The Random House Websters College Dictionary defines
a sport as an athletic activity requiring skills or physical
prowess and often of a competitive nature. Our definition
of a sport has many of the same elements.
The Sports Information Resource Center (SIRC) lists all the
activities that are recognized as sports. But whos to
say that things like PC gaming will not be considered sports
in the near future?
The SIRCs official list of sports can be found at www.sirc.ca.
Check it out. You may be surprised.