Follow the Money!

Sport: Definition: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Sport England budget for 2014-15………..£323 millions

I have often written about the true lunacies of those who take part in, or follow, sporting activities. Don’t get me wrong, sport can be an admirable activity, giving great personal satisfaction to both participant and enthusiastic fan; but we often see or read of the problems when sporting stars or the officials running those sports are exposed as being cheats, criminals or both.

But I reckon the latest story about a particular activity sets some sort of seal on the highest mark of barefaced-brazenness ever reported. It seems as though a bunch of enthusiasts is taking Sport England to court because they want the regulator to adjust matters to allow Bridge to be named or accepted as a Sport.

4 comments for “Follow the Money!

  1. September 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I was wondering about that one – but the answer must be money I suppose.

  2. Mudplugger
    September 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Ernest Hemingway got it right when he decreed that there are only three sports in the world: mountaineering, bull-fighting and motor-racing. In all those, your very life is on the line every time you participate. Anything else is just a game.

    And they do call it the ‘The Olympic Games’, not ‘The Olympic Sports’, so let’s include tiddlywinks, bridge, tap-dancing, darts, snooker – anything which has the key element of objectively-measured competition should be included.

    But that excludes anything like ice-dancing, synchronised swimming, trampolining and rhythmic gymnastics, all of which are just ‘circus acts’ dressed up as competitions – save those for Britain’s Got Talent.

  3. September 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I like ice skating. Its the pretty girls doing skillful things gracefully. Men on their own should be ignored.

    Ski-jumping wasn’t so popular in Hemingway’s day but those chaps put their life and limbs on the line. ‘Snow-boarding’ you can take away. Bikes too. How about bringing in aerobatics? In aircraft of course.

  4. Hilary
    September 23, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Not all sports require physical exertion – take pistol shooting and other gun sports at olympic or similar levels. It is about the money. Why should pistol shooting be able to receive money for their club rooms and to maintain facilities and not bridge? They both require similar types of brain sports and appeal to huge numbers of people – bridge more so than shooting, I would think. Bridge falls through the cracks when it comes to funding and if and when community activities are thought worthy of funding then it should be an even playing field. If noone should receive funding then that is a different matter and it should be argued on its merit. If local governments support sports clubs with money then why shouldn’t bridge be supported similarly to girls football, bowls and other minority activities? Mind you our bridge club has 450 paid up members, with 90% of them over the age of 65 and our rooms are bursting at the edges.

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