I started thinking about this when my neighbor, an impressive athlete, insisted that she hates sports. I asked whether triathalons weren't a sport and she said that to her, they really weren't -- that even though there might be hundreds of people in a race she is really competeing against the clock and against her previous preformances.
Atheletics must be physical activity ,but sport can be mental.
Sun 6 Mar, 2011 07:43 am
If Ball is associated, we call it a sport, and if there is no involvement of 'Ball', we call it atheletics.
Ball may be cricket ball, football, hockey ball, tennis ball.......any ball..
I prefer Roulette ball.
It is more comfortable to be an athlete of a fine casino.
Sun 6 Mar, 2011 07:53 am
I'm not sure the distinction is hard-and-fast, but to me "sports" has more of a connotation of competition to it, whereas "athletics" is not necessarily competitive with someone else, but rather physical activity for its own sake. Calisthenics would be athletics, but as far as I know nobody competes in them (well, I guess you could have "I can do more situps than you can", but the competition isn't structured).
And people who speak British English and its colonial offshoots only seem to have "sport", not "sports". "And now the news from the world of sport".