Darts a sport?
2nd January 2007
See the discussion of what a sport is (and whether darts counts as one)at:
http://r-p-e.blogspot.com/2007/01/defining-sport.html as well – as that offers more detail than this short version…
OK – guess what I got for Christmas… As hinted at by the image, you can correctly presume that Santa brought me a dartboard. One of the consequences of this is that my office wall is now peppered with small holes. Another is that it got me thinking about the labelling of darts as a ‘sport’.
I took my thoughts to the internet – and discovered that the UK Darts groups (such as the British Darts Organisation) have fought a long campaign to have darts officially recognised as a sport… The case for seeing darts as a sport can be seen at http://www.patrickchaplin.com/Darts_is_a_sport.htm
This led me to thinking about what a sport is. I have asked a colleague with more expertise than myself in this area to put something together for the blog – but in the meantime, thought it was an interesting topic to get our minds moving with after xmas. Some things we recognise as sports – such as athletics. Some are games – monopoly, cluedo, etc. Some are sports and games – football.
But what are the nature of the distinctions – and where does this leave darts?
(It is worth noting the definitions of sport listed at http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sport it may help…)
Comments welcome – Dave