Why are some activities considered sports and others aren’t

Its been a while since I last posted. School  has really been tough and just getting through my assingments has been a struggle. Anyway, I was talking to someone about sports and what not, and an interesting point came up; why are some things called sports and other things not? For example, almost everyone ( by that I mean every single person in the entire world which might end due to global warming and stuff) agrees that soccer is a legitimate sport. Players run around and kick the ball into the goal. Its not really a hard concept. On the other hand if you tell someone that chess is a sport or that speedcubing is sport, people usually have a big grin on their face and laugh at you thinking its a joke or something. Why is soccer/football/baseball/whatever considered a sport but other activities are not? Is it based on how popular the “activity” is? Quoting from Wikipedia, a  sport ” is an organized, competitive, entertaining, and skillful activity requiring commitment, strategy, and fair play, in which a winner can be defined by objective means. It is governed by a set of rules or customs.” In that case, chess should be considered a sport since its entertaining, skillfull and an organized activity. Speedcubing should be as well. Heck, even computer programming competition, paper airplane competition, and eating competitions can be considered sports. People gibe at saying that table tennis, one of my many hobbies, is a sport. It is as equal a sport as is football or something. So no matter what sport you guys might do, even if its not that popular in the US (in my case, I like playing cricket, but its not really big in the US), just keep doing it. You do sports to have fun and lose weight, not to please other people by playing the “right” sports.

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