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Old 08-23-2012, 12:14 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
I think the problem lies in how a sport is judged.

Bodybuilding - subjective, weightlifting - empirical

rythmic gymnastics - subjective, gymnastics - empirical.

etc. etc.

A sport is anything people participate in, for sure, but an olympic event also is an event that people can discern a clear winner with their normal eyes witnessing an obviously normal set of movement patterns.

The olympics has opened the door to subjective events, so I can't imagine why they wouldn't want bodybuilding, esp if they have ratified such foolishness as synchro swimming performances, etc.
Getting off on a bit of a tangent, this is my problem with modern Olympic games: No more is it about individual athletic skill and glory, as it used to.


On topic: Some people don't consider chess a sport either - doesn't stop FIDE from being the third largest sports organization in the world.
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