Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London will decide once and for all if the complex game of Bridge is considered a sport. Sport England, which promotes and finances sports in the country, has ruled that activities like bridge and chess are not sports because they lack the required element of physical activity. The English Bridge Union took exception to this and sued. On the line is the potential government financing, as well as tax benefits that are available to sports but not to games. The International Olympic Committee recognizes a long and eccentric list of sports, including frisbee, competitive lifesaving and tug of war, though most are not actually executed at the Games. Bridge did not make the shortlist to be added to the 2020 Summer Games, losing out to the likes of sport climbing and bowling.
Should bridge be legally considered a sport? What constitutes a sport?