Opinion: Is Darts a sport?

It has been the subject of many heated discussions – what exactly make’s a sport.

The Google definition of sport is: “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Darts has been the main contention in the debate around what make’s a sport a sport, with many seeing it as only a pub game.

Although it has been officially recognised for over a decade the continuity to battle the sporting environment that darts players should be recognised as sportsmen and women.



Darts is now on the BBC and Sky more than ever no one can deny that with the recent World Championship held recently in London was shown on TV.

Phil Taylor recently said in a BBC interview: “When I first won the World Championship in 1990 the prize money was £24,000.”

Fast forward to this current year according to the BBC the winner will earn over £300,000 which is a life changing an amount of money to anyone.

However, everyone will have an opinion on what level of physical fitness is required to be considered a sport, although some progress has been made in a debate that has been raging for years and more than likely with continue for years to come.


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