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#makemindasport- Why are mindsports not recognised as official sports in the UK?

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We call upon The International Olympic Committee and the public body Sport England, to recognise mindsports as an official sport globally.

It's estimated that 1.4 billion people are playing the three most popular mindsports of Scrabble, Chess and Go. According to unofficial figures, these numbers would make it the fourth most popular sport in the world after Football, Cricket and Hockey, but ahead of Tennis.

Esports, the competitive playing of video games, is defined as a sport in many countries and the game of Chess is recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee and in more than 100 countries worldwide.   

There is no literature on the Sport England website that defines what a sport is, or to that end, what characteristics make a sport a sport. Therefore, we believe there is a strong enough argument to be put forward to Sport England that “mindsports” should be recognised as a sport in the UK.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, a sport is defined as: “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

Using the above definition, mindsports should clearly be in the same category as traditional sports.

It involves physical exertion - the brain is one of the most powerful muscles in your body. It’s a power centre for human beings. Just like a muscle, it can be trained and developed. The harder you work it, the more capable you become. Peak mental condition requires being in good physical condition and mindsports players need to concentrate for prolonged periods of time. As a result, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rates all increase.

It involves skill – all mindsports require players to have strong mental skills where they can outmanoeuvre opponents.

An individual or team compete against each other – the objective of mindsports is to win against your opponent. Players are engaged in a battle of concentration for a period of time, where the outcome is uncertain until the very end.

For entertainment – more than 30 million people watch mindsports online and on TV using multiple devices.

More generally, the fourth Mindsports Academy World Sports Championship will take place in Qatar in August 2017.  They are expecting 1,500 people to take part from 40 different countries.

The global mindsports community has continued to grow at lightning pace over the last few years and Sport England should listen to our argument and make “mindsports” an official recognised sport in the UK.

Please help us #makemindasport and sign the petition.

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