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One of the questions that Snooker Scene will never ask but we will (because we can), is that of whether snooker counts as a sport. Before you begin shouting that ‘yes, of course it is’, let’s just give it a quick bit of consideration.
Firstly – are the people doing it athletes? Here we think that it can vary a little. Some of the professionals on the circuit may not be the most svelte and athletic of human-kind, but they’re certainly a long way ahead of darts players. It takes a lot of skill and dedication to get to the very top levels, so here we think that the verdict is ‘Yes’.
Isn’t it a game rather than a sport? Ah, now that’s the interesting one. We can see the merits of the argument that of you can do it in a pub, it’s not really a sport, but that doesn’t really hold water. After all, if you were to put a long jump pit in a pub you can be sure people would have a go, and that wouldn’t invalidate it. No, snooker requires great mental acuity, forethought and planning and immaculate execution. We certainly have room in our world view for a sport based as much in the mind as the body, so snooker makes it as a sport.
Also, we actually really rather enjoy playing and watching it, and if there’s one thing we’re not, it’s impartial. NB