Mind Sports such as Chess, Quizzing and debating should be included in Summer Olympic and Paralympic competition
Registration for the third World Online Debating Championship will be coming soon, so what better way to shift things up by having a debate about debating as well as some other "sports" (or should they be called games)?! Anyway while the number of events is set for the 2012 Olympics isn't it time that future Summer Olympics and Paralympics opened themselves up to a different set of sport , some that tests the mind rather than the body.
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Mind sports are some of the world's oldest and most contested competitive sports.
Mind sports play host to some of the oldest games in the world where people have played competitively. For example Chess traces its history extending back to the 6th century and it's modern competitive form began to evolve in the 15th century. Go or Weiqi has a much longer history and again has been played competitively. In addition both of these sports are contested by millions of people. Chess has a following of at around 600 million. While Go was reported to have a following of at least 27 million in 2003 [[http://osdir.com/ml/games.devel.go/2003-01/msg00040.html]], Given these sports history and number of players isn't it time that they took their place amongst other sports like Wrestling.
A huge following and a long line of tradition does not necessarily equal to being entered as an official sport to the Olympics and the Paralympic. A sport contested in O&P has to fulfill certain criteria before it can be counted as an official competition field, and there will be a lot of things that needs to be considered before adding a new field of competition. Frankly, since there are already many competitions and contests on Chess or Go, and apparently both fields are quite content with the way they're running right now, it is not urgent to add mind sports to the O&P.
Difficult to define
Just what exactly is a mind sport given that some sports such as curling ( a winter olympic sport) require a lot of intelligence in deciding where to place any stones as well as physical effort? There is also a fine line between defining what exactly is a game and what exactly is a sport given that a number of board games such as Scrabble are played by a large amount of players yet
As far as the complications of defining a sport, a game or Olympic sport are concerned, these problems exist with physical sports as well. As not all physical sports are Olympic sports. It is up-to the Olympic board to decide which sports to include and which to disregard. Problem is, the Olympics have to date, pressured young people to concentrate on their physical prowess, significantly more than their mental abilities. This a point of concern because the world does not reward genius enough.
Word mind sports already running
The first world mind sports games were held in 2008. The Olympics does not need to include 'mind sports' since 'mind sports' have their own platform. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Mind_Sports_Games]]
Albeit if the Olympics included mind sports then the other competition would gain no momentum and not snatch away crowds from the Olympics. Since the World mind sports games are held around the Olympics, they target Olympic crowds/audiences. The games are using the Olympics to get fame and fortune and it is best for the Olympic games to feature their own mind sports.
The idea that there can be mind sports in Olympics and Paralympic might be fascinating, interesting, and even very feasible to do, but that doesn't mean there won't be implications. Remember that the tradition of Olympics and Paralympic has always been contesting physical prowess instead of the mind, and trying to put Chess or Othello means going against that tradition, thus changing the whole principle of the competition. Olympics & Paralympic has always been a place to test your body, not your mind--this is important because this is what the competition is about. Try putting in a hand wrestling match in a local bar and it's bound to be a hit. Now try putting Chess in and what do we have? Although it is not a guarantee that there won't be any competitors at all, it's just not right because it's against the principle.
Ah, but is not the brain a part of the body?
There are other Mental games
The Olympics and Paralympics are known for sports not for mental games. Not that the mind is not important, in fact it is more important then sports, with that said it is not the only thing in life sports, and excersize are very important. Now im not saying that games, like chess are not important but those type things are not what the Olympics are for. There are a billion game shows out there which involve the mind and mental skills. such as the show who wants to be a millionaire. This show involves only the mind, maybe if people think that mind games need to be more famous then there should be a whole different event for them, because the Olympics are for traditional sports, and sports only there is no need to change the way this event is held. So games such as chess should not be held in the olympic games but perhaps in a different event such as the mindalympics?
Olympic sports are suppose to be physical
I think that mind sport such as chess, quizzing, and debating shouldn’t be in the Summer Olympic and Paralympics games because the skills you need in mind games do not involve physical activity. Olympic sports are supposed to be for hard work and physical ability, but for chess, quizzing and debating you don’t need physical ability you just need to study. The Olympic sports are known for athletes all over the world that are the best, if chess, quizzing and debating came in I think that the Olympic would lose a lot of views. So in my opinion I don’t think mind games should be in the Summer Olympic and Paralympics competition.
Chess isn't a sport.
Let's add monopoly to the Olympics.
Olympic sports are supposed to be physical and not mental. If chess is added to the Olympics, then Yoga can also be added.
What do you think?