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Are you a Bingo Player? Would you say this a Sport?


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Hey Everybody,

 

I am fairly new to the Forum, and my myself and my Wife had a very engaging phone call from my Daughter last night about Bingo.

 

She had been watching a programme last night, we are not really Television watchers, however I believe the programme was called 'First Dates'. She advised there was a couple on their and they were having a heated debate to whether playing Bingo is classed as a Sport.

 

A young lady was bound to a Wheelchair, after having Cancer as a child and wasn't given long to live, but the young lady has pulled through, however finds it difficult to get in and out of places to meet new people.

 

The one place she did not struggle was the Bingo Hall, and since then has met some lovely Ladies and has joined a group, and is apparently a sport.

 

My Wife and I love to play Bingo, and always get involved wherever it is. We very much look forward to playing this on the Cruise Ships also.

 

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic.

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We would not refer to bingo as a sport, unless you consider gambling a sport!

 

Completely agree, gambling is not a sport. In poker there are elements of skill without a doubt but that is more focused on the reading of your opponents and ability to calculate odds, the turn of the cards is completely random and therefore cannot be classed as a sport surely. The same applies to bingo but without the elements of skill, it's just pure luck.

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Is bingo a sport? I did use to see ladies going to our bingo hall (now gone) wearing tracksuits and sweatbands :D so I guess it must be.

 

On a serious note no not a sport just a game of chance but our pub has just introduced Rock and Roll bingo which instead of numbers songs are played and if you have the title on you ticket you mark it off and it is proving very popular.

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Instinctively I would not class bingo as a sport.  SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all international sports federations, and they offer a definition of sport that I believe is fair.

 

According to them, a sport should (1) Have an element of competition, (2) be in no way harmful to any living creature, (3) not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier, and (4) not reply on any 'luck' element specifically designed into the sport.

 

(4) would quickly rule out Bingo.  They recognise that sport can take many forms, and allow for games such as chess to be included as a sport which is primarily of the mind. They use five categories to define sports:

  • Primarily physical (e.g. rugby or athletics)
  • Primarily mind (e.g. chess or go)
  • Primarily motorised (e.g. F1 or power boating)
  • Primarily coordination (e.g. billiards)
  • Primarily animal-supported (e.g. equestrianism)

There you have it... an answer from a somewhat authoritative source.

That said, etymologically, the word comes from the Old French despot, meaning "leisure".  The oldest definition in English from around 1,300 is "anything humans find amusing or entertaining"... so perhaps 700 years go bingo might have been considered a sport!

 

You gotta love Wikipedia, huh?

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Instinctively I would not class bingo as a sport.  SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all international sports federations, and they offer a definition of sport that I believe is fair.

 

According to them, a sport should (1) Have an element of competition, (2) be in no way harmful to any living creature, (3) not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier, and (4) not reply on any 'luck' element specifically designed into the sport.

 

(4) would quickly rule out Bingo.  They recognise that sport can take many forms, and allow for games such as chess to be included as a sport which is primarily of the mind. They use five categories to define sports:

  • Primarily physical (e.g. rugby or athletics)
  • Primarily mind (e.g. chess or go)
  • Primarily motorised (e.g. F1 or power boating)
  • Primarily coordination (e.g. billiards)
  • Primarily animal-supported (e.g. equestrianism)

There you have it... an answer from a somewhat authoritative source.

That said, etymologically, the word comes from the Old French despot, meaning "leisure".  The oldest definition in English from around 1,300 is "anything humans find amusing or entertaining"... so perhaps 700 years go bingo might have been considered a sport!

 

You gotta love Wikipedia, huh?

 

dst87... I wouldn't ever trust wikipedia for your fact finding! Just so you know...

 

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