are bowlers,horse shoe,darts players athletes

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02 Dec 2013, 11:47 pm

so,do you consider bowler,horse shoe,darts,pool(snookers,billard)players
as athletes.



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03 Dec 2013, 2:44 am

If it's a game, the players are athletes. Right?
Can you say Olympics MMORPG?


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03 Dec 2013, 4:10 am

They are players in an competitive contest, but not in an sport, so they are not athletes.



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03 Dec 2013, 8:59 am

Bowling is definitely a sport. Calling the others that is highly questionable though, they're more like just "games" instead of sports.



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05 Dec 2013, 6:15 pm

Well, let's find out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associatio ... ederations
Bowling
Billiard sport

So the IOC recognizes those two sports you listed as being sports. Also the World Darts Federation is looking for IOC recognition and is supposed to get it I think in 2024? Also the World Anti-Doping Agency/US Anti-Doping Agency actually does drug tests for darts tournaments. Darts is serious business.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/others ... c-bow.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Darts_Federation

For horseshoes, no IOC accredited sporting federations, however local/national horseshoe federations do exist, but nothing on the world competitive level. http://www.horseshoepitching.com/

So as far as what do I think? Who cares what I think?