As thought provoking as ever, Steve, but …
What is a sport?
Local league soccer is a sport, but Premier League is a money-making machine.
I have a problem considering anything as a sport that needs a panel of judges to decide how well someone performed. Yes, I include gymnastics, diving, and ice skating in that statement
First past the post is sporting.
Highest score is sporting.
Fastest time is sporting (Think cycling time trials, or down-hill skiing).
In my time, I have done orienteering, go-karting, boxing,cross country running, hockey, basketball and snooker.
My real sporting activity was one you will not find of the back pages of a newspaper - target shooting.
Often with a rifle, more often with a pistol (and then that devious little sh*te Tony Blair took the pistols away from civilians to cover up the police incompetence that led to the Dunblane massacre.
So I ended up as a Regional Coach, an International Judge, an Olympic selector and then one fine day - no sport.