Hi Walter, I knew you would venture here! But, even though it sounds crazy, the chess is recognized by the Olympic Committee, I remember when they proclaimed it, we made fun of it for weeks after. It is from the same web you posted. Now I don't think it is actually played at the Olympics yet (thus it is not an Olympic sport), but they got one of the international sports federations recognized by the INternational Olympic Commitee - hence chess was recognized as a sport. So what do you know, maybe next Olympics the chess or the bridge, or wushu (whatever that is) will get the prime air time
From the web:
In order to promote the Olympic Movement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may recognise as International Sports Federations (IFs) international non-governmental organisations administering one or several sports at world level and encompassing organisations administering such sports at national level.
Learn more about the recognised federations
Recognition of the International Federations (IFs)
In order to be recognised, these organisations must apply the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code and conduct effective out-of-competition tests in accordance with the established rules. The recognition of IFs newly recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shall be provisional for a period of two years or any other period fixed by the IOC Executive Board. At the end of such period, the recognition shall automatically lapse in the absence of definitive confirmation given in writing by the IOC.
As far as the role of the IFs within the Olympic Movement is concerned, their statutes, practice and activities must be in conformity with the Olympic Charter. Subject to the foregoing, each IF maintains its independence and autonomy in the administration of its sport.
RECOGNISED SPORTS LIST
Air sports Mountaineering and Climbing
Billiard Sports Pelote Basque
Bridge Roller Sports
Karate Tug of War
Korfball Underwater Sports
Life Saving Water Skiing
Motorcycle Racing Wushu
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Sports Federations apply sports rules and ensure the integrity of Olympic sports.
Association of Recognised International Sports Federations