Bridge: Sport or Game?
October 2, 2015 - 11:41am
You may know of Bridge, the trick-taking and betting card game where two teams of partners face off against each other. Recently, the English Bridge Union (EBU) tried to get funding from Sport England, an organization that distributes government and National Lottery funding to different sports in an effort to get the nation fitter. This spawned a Judicial Review on the definition of 'sport.' According to Sport England, a sport is an "activity aimed at improving physical fitness and well-being, forming social relations and gaining results in competition." Their lawyer said, "There is nothing objectionable about bridge, chess or similar mind games, but the sports councils are entitled to separate mind games from physical activities when deciding who to recognise." The EBU argued that the International Olympics Committee is considering bridge and chess as "mind sports," and they do promote health and well-being. Currently, the Royal Courts of Justice are reviewing the case, and a ruling will be made in the next few weeks. To read more about this case, see the news on BBC, or check out the page on the English Bridge Union's site.