The Importance Of Virtual Sports For The Australian Sports Commission

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Every childhood is comprised of iconic memories associated around sport.
Whether it is playing catch with your father, making your first sports team at school, or simply frolicking outside with neighborhood friends, these events are centered on sports, not virtual sports. There is a fine line between the two.

According to Dr. Ralph Richards the Senior Research Consultant for the Australian Sports Commission, sport is by definition “an activity involving physical exertion, skill and or hand-eye coordination as the primary focus of the activity, with elements of competition where rules and patterns of behavior governing the activity exist formally through organizations” (Richards, R., 2015). Examining the attributes of virtual sports will prove that they posses all of the required criteria to be considered a sport based on the above definition. Professional gamer Michael O’Dell echoes these sentiments by listing aspects of e-Sports that should qualify the activity as a traditional sport. “Measurable and differential skills, advanced tactical and strategic thinking, physical and material components and formal and informal structures of competition to name just a few.” (Bell, C., 2013). This contradicts the general consensus and widely accepted belief that the two should be separate domains. The difference between them lies within the additional aspects of sport that aren’t in the technical definition. Sports provide kids with opportunities to build character, discover traits…

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