Competitive Eating As a Sport
The word “sport” actually refers to a number of organized activities that typically involve some kind of physical contact, and are undertaken for the purpose of leisure and competition. Sports (or sporting) is also all types of generally competitive physical activity that, through either organized or casual activity, attempt to use, develop or enhance certain physical faculties and abilities while also providing participants, and especially spectators, with entertainment. This includes competitive swimming, cycling, jogging, fencing, athletics, golf, rugby, sailing and weight-lifting.
Competitions can take many forms, and are often referred to as competitions, exhibitions, tournaments, freestyle events, team games, or matches. In most cases they involve some kind of physical skill testing, where each side tries to demonstrate or achieve a particular performance or goal. This could be to beat, tie or cleanly beat their opponent. There is a clear winner when the event is over. However, in non-traditional events and competitions, the winner may not always be clearly identified, although there are some very general rules that participants agree to before the competition starts.
A sport is normally considered to be any activity that employs physical exertion. Some sports that are considered to be sports are golf, tennis, handball, volleyball, hockey, swimming, cycling, rowing, tennis, basketball, soccer, track running and weight-lifting. Most other sports are generally not considered to be sports, but still incorporate some type of physical exertion or skill.
Generally speaking, the best way to determine whether something is a sport or not, is to look at the rules of the game, and compare them with the sporting codes of various countries, and then see how well people of an average level of ability participate in the contest. For example, the governing body for football is the FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations), and the governing body for rugby is Rugby Union. The judo bout, which is a sport, is held in Japan. Competitors in both sports typically wear uniforms, which represent their team or compete for money, prizes or other forms of recognition.
In many cases, the Olympic Games is a competition of sport. It would be inappropriate to compare the awarding of medals in the Olympic Games with the awarding of medals in non-sport competitions, such as swimming and diving. As a matter of fact, the Olympic Games, especially the swimming events, were created as a way of giving world record-breaking performances by the athletes in track events.
The same is true for competitive eating. It is extremely difficult to set up a competitive eating establishment just on a street, and even harder to enforce certain standards of cleanliness and safety. Therefore, you will not find any street dining within the Olympic Park. However, if you look at it from another perspective, most food choices within a restaurant actually do involve skill and technique, as much as pure brute strength. Therefore, I would not necessarily discount the idea that you can train for and compete in a sport, such as swimming or diving, without consuming sport foods. Indeed, I think it is a very good suggestion.