Originally posted by STRATOSPH3R3
Motor sport requires a great deal of concentration and co-ordination - the change gears, accelerate, brake, turn corners all requires muscular activity - consider the g-force the body has to endure during a race.
Ice-dancing requires muscular activity and therefore satisfies your first criteria, the assessment of the artistic routine is scored, there ...[text shortened]...
If the game of Chess is a sport because it is a battle, then so would the game of Scrabble etc.
I think the term "sport" is very loosely defined by people.
Yes, motorsport is sport because it is called a sport.
Yes, ice dancing is a sport because it is a part of the olympics.
Scrabble is not a sport. Why?
Miss Universum is not a sport. Why?
And - chess is usually not considered a sport.
But we have a circular reasoning in this case. "X is not a sport because it is not considered a sport." and "Y is a sport because it is a activity within olympic games."
So why is chess usually not considered a sport?
The more interesting question is from the start "What is a sport?" Then we can see what falls inside this definition and what falls outside.
(I see chess as a sport.)