What Makes Something Sporty?

“Sport” is one of the most frequently used English language terms in reference to any of the physical activities defined as sports. It also covers any form of physical activity pursued for the purpose of obtaining a competitive result; such as running, playing basketball, rugby, hockey, motor racing, skiing, canoeing, hiking etc. The Olympic Games is an example of competitive sporting activity. In common usage, the term “sport” usually refers to any of these activities.


“Sport” can also mean any form of physical activity that involves the use of a particular body part, and that is undertaken for the purpose of obtaining a competitive result, usually achieving a higher score than was possible by using other methods. The Olympic Sports concentrate on the actual sporting activity rather than the competition between teams. “A competition” can therefore be used to describe any competition, whether between individuals, teams, organisations, or the like. It can also be used to define any competition that tests the skill, strength, courage, endurance, or other physical qualities. It can also refer to any competition that involves sporting jargon (e.g., “play-offs” or” playoff”). However, it is more often the case that “competition” is used to refer to physical activities undertaken for competitive reasons.

Chess is often considered to fit into the definition of sport, because it combines aspects of many sports, but with its own unique style and structure. Chess is not a game of agility, speed, strength, or even technique – although these qualities are crucial to winning. Instead, the true aim of a good player is to build and strengthen his or her body’s ability to think creatively and strategically – to “think under pressure,” as one British grandmaster has put it. Think of it as the ultimate mind sports. Just as the sport of swimming has its own particular physical dexterity, so does chess.