The French Sports Ministry and the European Sports Charter are clear: « "Sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.
Where does billiards fit into that definition?
Billiards improves your physical health, encourages the development of social relationships, and is played in many competitions. The physical benefits of billiards are not to be outdone by its many other virtues. One of this sport's key benefits is its ability to exercise the body. And there you have it. Billiards is a sport, you can bet on that.
Table, players, equipment: your games will never look the same. This is one of the sport's unique features: no two games will ever look alike.
One game also follows the international rules, which makes this sport all the more unique.
Strategy, challenging technique, mental stamina: the ability to act under pressure is a genuine athletic skill. Billiards is a precision sport with a challenging technique that requires hand-eye coordination. All of that is a lot of work!
Billiards was recognised in 1998 as a member of the Olympic movement. It is featured in numerous international competitions, most notably the World Games, a multisport competition held every 4 years. Today, the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) is leading a campaign with the goal of proving the sport's merits to the International Olympic Committee. In March 2018, the WCBS officially presented the candidacy of billiards as an additional sport in the 2024 Olympic Games in France, in full cooperation with the Fédération Française de Billard.
A national organisation, clubs, qualifications… it really seems to sound like a sport, right? Billiards is a sport with 100 national federations worldwide and more than 200 competitions organised each year in over 90 countries. This institutionalisation was accomplished alongside billiards' annexation by the French Ministry of Sports.
Mohammed Abou Elmagd from the Medical and Health Sciences University in the United Arab Emirates has also pondered over this question. For him, the distinction between games and sports is clear: “ A sport is a physical activity carried out under fixed set of rules, with competition or self-enjoyment or a combination of both.A game is a recreational activity involving one or more players, defined by a goal that the players try to reach, and some set of rules to play it..” *
* Source : Is Billiards considered a sport? Available at here
While I've been athletic for many years, I recently took up billiards. I could embark upon a number of reasons for this decision, as if I have to continually justify my choice. But instead, I've decided to tackle billiards clichés!