|'sport' or 'game'|
Martina Sotona from from The Czech Republic asks:
The Olympics are over and I would like to ask why we call them the Olympic Games when they are about sports. Can you please explain in more detail the difference between sport and game?
Sports are activities which require physical effort and ability and some degree of mental skill usually. They are often organised competitively, played outdoors and with a ball, although not necessarily. Thus:
we talk about games when two teams or individuals meet to play
against each other. (So, for this reason, they are called the Olympic
Games.) Compare the following:
|Games are also activities involving skill, knowledge or chance in which you try to win against an opponent or solve puzzles. Thus, we have 'word games', 'card games', 'computer games' and games like chess, backgammon, dominoes, darts, snooker, mahjong and Monopoly. For games like these, not so much, if any, physical ability or skill is needed.|