I guess it depends on your definition of a sport. I know some people who say poker is a sport. I would call Poker a game, but hey, if you want to call it a sport if youíre a poker fan, more power to you, I mean itís just a label.
But depending on your definition, bodybuilding may or may not be a sport. So call it a competition if you prefer, because I donít think anybody can argue with that. In fact a lot of us in bodybuilding use that word competition bodybuilding a lot more often than we say the sport of bodybuilding.
I call it a sport, because to me itís my sport and I think that if something has a physical component and thereís competition involved, then itís a sport. Bodybuilding has that. Some people say, well thatís not a broad enough definition, there has to be skill, there has to be athleticism, but who gets to decide the definition of skill or athletisism? The Olympic committee? High schools and universities? Some all-wise, all-knowing authority? Who gets to decide. Why donít we just decide for ourselves and call it whatever we want to call it.
I think that some people would argue against bodybuilding being a sport because they say the judging is too subjective. And for sure there is a degree of subjectivity but in bodybuilding the criteria for scoring are very very clear. Itís not vague like some people think it is, the criteria are very specific and easy for a professional to judge just by looking at the physique.
Sometimes the decision is close, but how is that so different is that from something like diving or gymnastics? Thereís a panel of judges watching a diver dive or a gymnast do a floor exercise and you look at the scoreboard and you see all the judges donít give the same score do they? Why canít they all give the same score if the criteria for winning are cut and dried? So thereís subjectivity in those kinds of sports too.
I think itís a silly debate and I donít think the debate will never end. I consider bodybuilding to be a competition AND I consider it a sport and beyond that, I consider bodybuilding an art. And itís an art in more than one sense of the word Ė because the process is an art and end result is art too.
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