It’s not sport

There’s a boxing match at Mystery Creek tonight.

The mystery to me is that coverage of the event is in the sports section of the media.

A contest in which the aim is to knock out one’s opponent might be entertaining to some people and it might take fitness and agility but it’s not sport.

6 Responses to It’s not sport

  1. ZenTiger says:

    Sorry, have to disagree. It most definitely is sport. The definition of sport is:

    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature

    It matches that on all counts.

    Redefining sport to be “a competitive contest where there is an agreement no-one shall be hurt or injured, and receive a red-card if they deliberately contribute to any such injury;”

    could apply to championship scrabble. And I like scrabble, but that aint a sport.

  2. gravedodger says:

    As we have matured (in most countries) as societies we have removed a number of what were regarded as sports where the result was settled by the destruction of the opponent’s ability to continue to participate often to the point where the disabling was permanent. Therefore we no longer have much in the way of armed opponents facing off, defenseless humans fighting for their life against a predatory animals in an arena with no escape, and matched animals fighting to the death as in dogs, cockerels etcetera. Those of us involved in the rescue and restoration of the health of our fellow men struggle to accept that a contest involving the deliberate destruction of the opponents ability to defend himself and sometimes to the point where recovery is only partial do not see boxing in the realms of modern sporting endeavor. I visibly blanche to see the sort of injury incurred by Micheal Jones when playing against Argentina suffering a freak accident where his knee was damaged because it could not bend the other way. In boxing the object is to disable the brain function to the point where either the boxer cant get back up, the boxer cannot continue to fight because of blood or the referee deems one fighter unable to defend himself. Entertainment it might be but sport it aint.

  3. homepaddock says:

    Zen – Injury happens by accident in many sports but I can’t think of any others where that’s the aim.

    It might be sport by your definition but it’s not sporting.

    GD – those are very good points, I agree with you.

  4. ZenTiger says:

    Another example of the redefinition of a word to suit a change in the general culture. I agree, fighting can be a brutal sport, and I’m somewhat dismayed to see the continual slide towards feminizing the male.

    I say this as one who has participated in full contact fighting.

    A thought about the female-male expressed as yin-yang (from Wikipedia because I’m lazy at this moment):

    It is impossible to talk about yin or yang without some reference to the opposite: yin–yang are rooted together. Since yin and yang are created together in a single movement, they are bound together as parts of a mutual whole. A race with only men or only women would disappear in a single generation; but men and women together create new generations that allow the race they mutually create (and mutually come from) to survive. The interaction of the two gives birth to things.[2] Yin and yang transform each other: like an undertow in the ocean, every advance is complemented by a retreat, and every rise transforms into a fall. Thus, a seed will sprout from the earth and grow upwards towards the sky – an intrinsically yang movement. Then when it reaches its full height, it will begin to weaken, and eventually will fall back to the earth in decay – an intrinsically yin movement.

    Yin always contains the potential for yang, and yang for yin. Yin and yang are balanced: yin–yang is a dynamic equilibrium. Because they arise together they are always equal: if one disappears, the other must disappear as well, leaving emptiness. This is rarely immediately apparent, though, because yang elements are clear and obvious while yin elements are hidden and subtle.

  5. Ozy Mandias says:

    Can’t believe this psot. Of course boxing is a sport. What would be your definition of a sport then??

  6. homepaddock says:

    Ozy – something that requires skill, agility, fitness and/or strength; is sporting and doesn’t aim to maim.

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