What defines a sport? Is fishing a sport? How about video game tournaments?

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i think you are not including the prep before the race. actually these Formula 1 drivers have a rigorous fitness programm.
you have to be fit to sit in the cockpit and have razor reactions.

Again, I'm not saying it's not a sport. Might be different for Formula 1, but you have to really question the claims of required athleticism if 90 year olds are able to compete with - let alone defeat - men in their 20's. And we haven't even addressed the fact that women are now in NASCAR. Other sports require men and women to compete separately. The NASCAR allows them both to compete together. Which is a clear indicator that, unlike basketball and football, men do not have an inherent physical advantage over women in NASCAR. That alone calls into question the claimed required physical athleticism of NASCAR drivers.
 

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Again, I'm not saying it's not a sport. Might be different for Formula 1, but you have to really question the claims of required athleticism if 90 year olds are able to compete with - let alone defeat - men in their 20's. And we haven't even addressed the fact that women are now in NASCAR. Other sports require men and women to compete separately. The NASCAR allows them both to compete together. Which is a clear indicator that, unlike basketball and football, men do not have an inherent physical advantage over women in NASCAR. That alone calls into question the claimed required physical athleticism of NASCAR drivers.
yeah i understand to a point but i think i am more worried about Transgender athletes in sports :D
 

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Well I did say that if one were more of the following determines the outcome of the game, then it's a sport: speed of movement, accuracy of movement, timing of movement, and exertion of movement. Of course, no definition of "sport" is going to be perfect, because any possible definition that one can come up with will either include things that are generally not considered sports or exclude things that are. I'd rather err on the side of the former. So I'm fully aware that Twister is going to meet my definition of sport, and I'm okay with that.

What you're quoting isn't me trying to insinuate that auto racing is not a sport. I'm simply challenging the claim got auto racing is "physically demanding," as though it requires the same level as athleticism as as, say, basketball or hockey; despite the claims that NASCAR fans make.
No definition of anything is perfect, but if your definition of sport includes Twister, your definition is broken. :)
 

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In your opinion what defines a sport? Is fishing a sport? How about video game tournaments?
Out of the many definitions given for the word "sport" in the Merriam Webster dictionary, I would say that both fishing and video game tournaments could be sports if you view them as forms of recreation, since recreation was one of the definitions given.
 

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A sport is a physical or mental activity that is competitive and requires training, and dedication. Its performed often in a structured setting with rules and regulations.
 

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A sport is a physical or mental activity that is competitive and requires training, and dedication. Its performed often in a structured setting with rules and regulations.
Fishing, for example, is considered a sport as it requires physical exertion, skill, and strategy, and is often competitive. Video game tournaments, while they may require skill and strategy, are not considered sports as they don't involve physical exertion. However, with the rise of IT Gadgets and platforms, esports has been gaining more recognition as a sport, with much information about tournaments and professional players.
 
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I guess I consider something a sport when it's a competition. You going out on the lake to go relax and catch fish ain't a sport. But you joining a fishing competition kinda sounds like a sport? Or you could just call it a fishing tournament. Well whether you consider it a sport or not sounds subjective and can be applied to a lot of activities.
 

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