Is it a sport / athletic event? Golf, bowling, pool, ....?

United States
January 9, 2007 4:16pm CST
My husband and father got in a little argument about whether golf is a sport and/or athletic event. My husband thinks that if an 80 year old guy can do it, it is not. What do you think? What about bowling, pool, and other things like that?
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@Corezz (1015)
• Netherlands Antilles
9 Jan 07
Golf is a sport. There are championships of golf but not athletic events but in my opinien i think he should agree with agree to that 90 years old guy:).
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
17 Jan 07
chess is considered a sport, just like billards and snooker. They are individual sports and some are even team sports especially in international championships. However, in most circles some are considered minor sports in that they do not get as much coverage as soccer, football, basketball, ice hockey, tennis, voliball etc, etc.
@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
17 Jan 07
An athletic event is more on the line of running, high jump, long jump, javelin, hammer throw and the like. Athletics are considered as sports.
• United States
14 Feb 07
Of course golf is a sport. Maybe 80 year olds can play it, but they could never compete in it. Golf is something that requires a lot of patience to learn/master, and it requires a great amount of skill and practice. It has to be a sport.
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
9 Feb 07
My husband's rule for something to be a sport is that it has to meet 2 requirements. 1. You have to sweat 2. And the scoring has to be objective That means golf is NOT a sport - because you don't break a sweat. He also claims that gymnastics, cheerleading and anything where the judging is not a hard fast number - but given by a judge with their impression, is not a sport. SO, no, Golf is not a sport, but an activity.
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@DocterDew (902)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I agree they are not sports! They are just strategy and geometry type games. It's not whether you spend hours and hours in a gym your entire carrer. Once you have the game you got it for good. It's not that hard to golf bowl or play pool.
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• Canada
9 Jan 07
Sure, it's a sport! Golf is competitive, it involves physical activity and is beneficial to your health, it takes skill or prowess... that's a sport to me :D I also think bowling is a sport. Pool, I'm not so sure -- I think I'd classify that as a game, albeit a competitive one most of the time. There's a great debate in some online communities about whether or not cheerleading is a sport. I say it definitely is -- especially at the competitive level. I'd have a heart attack trying to do what some of those men and women do! LOL
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• India
14 Feb 07
gaolf is the sport
• United States
14 Feb 07
why do you say that? what about it makes it a sport?
@khana53 (31)
9 Jan 07
sport is an activity which is governed by set of roles or customs, well i think that Golf is a sport... but still i am not sure about it
• United States
9 Jan 07
why are you not sure? what about it makes you think it is not a sport?
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 07
Golf is definitely a sport and a major event, what about the Ryder Cup the most famous Golf Trophy of them all? Even bowling is famous and definitely considered a sport. I can't understand why your husband thinks that because an 80 year old can play it's not a sport, just because he's not running around a field kicking a piece of leather around for 90 minutes don't mean he's not capable of participating in a sport. Just my opinion.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I do feel that all three of these games are sports as they all involve skill and athleticism. You have to have great knowledge of each of these sports to do well and also the physical strength and accuracy too. They may not be the most exciting sports to watch but they do involve a lot of skill and concentration and hard work.
• Portugal
24 Jan 07
Playing futsal  - Me scoring a goal, and there´s a older man.
I consider Golf and others like pool, bowling, sports. There are championship all over the world. And the argument that a 80 years old man can play this or that sport it´s true, but that happens in all sports, at my last futsal game I played against a team with some mans around 40 years old.
• Portugal
24 Jan 07
I consider Golf and others like pool, bowling, sports. There are championship all over the world. And the argument that a 80 years old man can play this or that sport it´s true, but that happens in all sports, at my last futsal game I played against a team with some mans around 40 years old.
• India
17 Jan 07
They all are sport...
@kareng (30307)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Yes, golf is a sport!
@hasseyg (312)
12 Jan 07
Yeah i am on the line with that one, but i think it does fall into the category of a sport.