I was thinking the other day about the definition of games and sports. To me, a sport involves some degree of physical exertion. By that definition, snooker and darts are games and not sports. All well and good. Then I thought “Hang on, shooting and archery are in the Olympics, but they don’t involve any more exertion than darts or snooker.”
According to my Concise OED, sport is defined as:
“an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”
while a game is:
“a form of competitive activity or sport played according to rules”.
Not all that different then. The key point seems to be that, as I thought, a sport must involve exertion.
It seems to me, then, that if you allow shooting and archery in the Olympics, you could definitely make a strong case to allow darts and snooker too. While that seems a little silly, it would basically guarantee Team GB more medals so I say go for it!