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Mind games: Is bridge a sport?

The courts are finding it difficult to identify the physical exertion in the popular card game, writes Leanne Woods

23 June 2015

If 100 people were polled, how many would say
bridge is a sport? Mr Justice Mostyn’s recent decision in R (on the application of the English Bridge Union) v Sport England [2015] EWHC 1347 (Admin) suggests he might just fall into the undecided camp. At the end of April he narrowly granted the English Bridge Union (EBU) permission to judicially review Sport England’s (SE) refusal to recognise bridge as a sport, reversing Mr Justice Haddon Cave’s refusal on the papers. The full hearing is understood to be listed for September 2015.

It is not just a badge of sporting honour at stake here. Being recognised as a sport by
SE is the first step to unlocking National Lottery money, or at least an application for lottery funds.

So, is bridge a sport? What is the definition of a sport? SE already recognises over 100 sports, including some weird and wonderful ones,...

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