Do you consider R/C racing as a sport?

We often read on the web or in R/C magazines that R/C racing is a sport. For me a sport is an activity that requires a physical effort, like football, hockey, marathon or tennis. Better, Wikipedia defines sport as:

“A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing). The physical activity involves the movement of people, animals and/or a variety of objects such as balls and machines. In contrast, games such as card games and board games, though these could be called mind sports, require only mental skills. Non-competitive activities such as jogging and rock-climbing, are usually classified as recreations.”

This definition sounds good to me. R/C racing is a competition but NO special physical activity is required so it is not a sport. R/C can be a hobby and can be a competition.

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Sylvain Lafrance

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    October 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

    By that definition it *is* a sport. It does require physical skills not just mental skills. And it is competitive. Granted, it isn’t as physically demanding as other sports but it is a sport. Try racing a 1hour nitro buggy main as a beginner with only mental training…


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