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Airsoft Classification Sport/Hobby/Game

  • 28-07-2012 12:15am
    Registered Users Posts: 4,613 ✭✭✭ bullets

    So looking at the Olympics opening and seeing all the sports being mentioned.

    Handball was one of them, Discus, Javelin etc etc etc there is even Trap for shotgun shooting, archery and Rifle/Pistol shooting all pretty obscure. Doing some backflips and twirling some sticks with ribbons on a gym matt are all things we will see on the telly when the Olympic games are broadcast
    and people will be given medals for.

    Airsoft that has been around since the 80's and even Paintball that been around quite a while still after all these years shows no sign of being able
    to be considered entry.

    Putting the question out there is Airsoft really considered an "actual" sport Internationally or is it considered a game like darts/snooker/pool.

    Is 20-30 years time frame of existence still too short a time for it to be considered an Actual genuine sport that could be entered into the Olympics in some form, or does it take another few decades or forever to be classified or identified or acknowledged as something that's considered a sport rather than hobby/game.

    Googleing show the following as requirements to enter the Olympics:
    it needs to have an International Federation
    it needs to be practiced in at least 50 countries
    it needs to hold World Championships.
    it needs to be recognized by the IOC
    it needs to be voted in to the games by a 2/3 majority of IOC members at the first IOC meeting following each Olympic Games.

    What do peeps think? Will it ever get there? or will it always be considered
    a novelty/geeky thing rather than something internationally recognized ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 glicster

    never... its a pass time,hobby,a game,roleplaying but for me its not a sport. i know some people call it a sport but for me thats a cop out. as for paintball,look at some vids for speedball,even though theres major competitions and its agressive as hell, its boring as fcuk to look at but has a better chance than airsoft. maybe dynamic pistol shooting(airsoft) could be something worth viewing and easily referee'd and might have a chance, but otherwise i think not.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,201 hightower1

    In short....No, I dont think it would ever happen and wouldnt be a good addition to the games. Adding airsoft to the Olympics would be like adding competition RC chopper flying or lazer tag.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,369 ✭✭✭ gerrowadat

    Sports are competitive because the result is objectively measurable. Airsoft isn't.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,372 War Machine 539

    Its a hobby. One of my pet peeves is that it is in the sports section on boards at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,261 Puding

    for me hobby

    yes you can make an argument that it is a sport but due to the use of rifs and military paraphernalia I do not believe personally it has a place as a sport, remove the military trapping ( basically making it paintball with 6mm ) and I would say you can go with sport

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,177 ✭✭✭ Zomg Okay

    It's grand at a Sunday skirmish, 9/10 players can be absolutely trusted to call their hits. Imagine how much that would change with Olympic medals at stake. I just don't think it is plausible.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,106 ✭✭✭ BioHazRd

    From the Oxford English Dictionary:

    Definition of sport
    An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment

    Make your own mind up

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,084 ✭✭✭✭ TheDoc

    Always considered it a sport.

    There is just different understandings from everyone. The big plus from airsoft is that you can take from it what you want.

    There are those that really just go out for a social chit chat.
    There are those who just collect.
    There are those that just like to play casually.
    There are those who enjoy the physical aspect.
    etc etc etc

    I enjoy pitting myself against others in a game that has a decent amount of skill and ability.
    I enjoy being competitive in objective based or team based games.

    So for me its a sport.

    Computer games at this stage are considered a sport, so why the hell not airsoft.....

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,904 MagicIRL

    Doc raises a good point about PC games being a sport. Guess I gotta' agree with him on this one!