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Well this Annika Soremstam thing got me thinking.

I think that if a woman can beat a man on an ELITE level playing field, that sport isn't really a sport.

Here's why. Look at tennis, athletics, basketball, swimming and others. These are all physically intense sports. Ones where women have NO chance beating the men on an ELITE level.

But then take a look at Golf, Chess and Croquet for example and the women can beat the men. Not regularly, but they can. This means that these sports are NOT physically demanding enough.

Therefore they shouldn't really be classified as 'sport'. What do you think?
 

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since when is chess a sport? and i know plenty of females that beat males all the time at chess.

yes, golf is without a doubt a sport. while it may not be as physical as other sports, it requires just as much skill. it really isnt as easy as most people make it out to be.

theres quite a few people that are in great physical shape, and will still be beat physically after a game of golf.
 

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It depends on how you define it. If you use a dictionary definition then basically everything with a competitive element is sport, regardless of what playing field or gender.
 

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When a lot of training and mental and phisical fitness is necessary?

anyway, darts is NOT a sport! No matter what they try to tell me on Dutch tv, it's not a sport!
 

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and snooker and biljart neither :eek:
 
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agreed :)
and domino d-day is a sport to according to sbs....I do not agree ;)
 

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how can that be a sport?
 

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ask Hans Kraay jr.! He always says that it's real topsport :rolleyes:
 

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well hans kraay jr. that says enough :p
 

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I still say snooker and darts are sports. Especially snooker, it takes a lot of skill and practice to be able to play to the standards of the professionals.

Things like chess and croquet aren't, chess is just a mental game. If chess is a sport, then tiddlywinks is too :p
 

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By the way, Sam L, I don't agree that in order for something to be a "sport" that the men, by nature, have to be able to do every aspect of it better. What about gymnastics? Do we doubt that it's a sport too? The men and women have totally different events, to account for different strengths. So if the women would be able to beat the men on the balance beam, does this mean womens gymnastics isn't a sport....or that only the mens events are? :confused:
 

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in chess topsport there is only one woman who competes against the men too but it's not that she was worldchampion? (or was she)
 

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I agree that chess ain't a sport. It's a mental sport, which is different ;)
 

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My definition of a sport is that a) it requires physical dexterity, or skill, so chess isn't a sport, it's a game. Darts is a sport. So is golf. And b) the results should be decided purely on merit, with no other factors like 'luck' being allowed to get in the way, so Bridge doesn't count, cos it depends what cards you get. Formula one isn't a sport imo, because the results are influenced by outside factors (sponsors want a German etc).

As for women being 'not good enough' to play in snooker WC, the rason is that there just aren't enough of them, so the standards are lower.
 

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Darts is most definitely a sport...

Not only does it require a hell of a lot of practice, you need an iron temperament, you can't afford to lose concentration or let any tiny thing put you off your game...
 
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