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What makes an activity a sport?

Is Bridge a sport or not? Sport England and the Charity Commission have completely contradicted each other on the debate, but the courts will soon have their say

25 June 2015

A question that the High Court has been pondering over recently is whether the bridge card game can be considered a 'sport'. It is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck, and is played by four players in two competing partnerships. Bridge is very popular not only in the UK, but also worldwide.

The question of whether a card game can be considered a sport may seem to be a rather trivial discussion point, however there is a lot is at stake; so much so that the English Bridge Union (EBU) has sought judicial review of a decision by Sport England.

Sport England, which provides lottery funding to sports organisations, has refused to recognise bridge as a sport, thus denying bridge clubs and societies access to Sport England funding. The High Court has recently granted permission for a judicial review of this decision to proceed.

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