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Bridge players lose high court bid for sport recognition

By Press Association

Published: 04:14 EST, 15 October 2015 | Updated: 04:14 EST, 15 October 2015

Bridge players who wanted the card game defined as a sport have lost a High Court fight.

Sport England refuses to recognise bridge as a sport because it does not involve ''physical activity''.

English Bridge Union officials mounted a challenge b ut a judge ruled against them today after a hearing in London.

A High Court judge was asked to decide whether the card game bridge is a sport

A High Court judge was asked to decide whether the card game bridge is a sport

Mr Justice Dove began a written ruling on the case with the words: "Bridge is a card game..."

And the judge said he had not been asked to answer the "broad, somewhat philosophical question" as to whether or not bridge "is a sport".

He said the issue was whether Sport England officials had "erred in law" when refusing to classify bridge as a sport.

Sport England had adopted a policy containing a definition of sport which was derived from the European Sports Charter and included the words "physical activity", said Mr Justice Dove.

He concluded that the move was in line with legalisation - and dismissed the English Bridge Union's bid for a "judicial review".

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