Over at the Yahoo newsgroup, Supertraining, there’s a li’l discussion brewing over bodybuilding being classified as a sport. Here’s my position on the subject and I’m sticking to it…
If it’s played on a board (chess), while seated (race car driving) or on a computer/television screen (this means Wii), it’s a game in MY book.
Football, baseball, basketball and track & field require athletic skill and award predetermined points for completion of a specific task.
At the end of the contest, whichever team/individual has the most points, best time or distance wins.
That’s a sport.
But a contest alone does not make a sport. Cheerleading, figure skating, gymnastics and even “Dancing with the Stars” may require physical skill, preparation & dedication to excel, but the scoring process is much more subjective and inconsistent.
Just like a bikini contest, winners are determined by the personal preferences of a panel of judges.
Yes, they do require athletic skills and can be done in a competitive environment. But no – they’re not sports.
Powerlifting and Olympic lifting have elements of objectivity and subjectivity, so I s’pose the way one would categorize them would depend if they’ve ever been a cheerleader or a football player.
But getting back to bodybuilding… I’m calling it a hobby (albeit an extreme one) along with mountain climbing, scuba diving and bungee jumping.