A review began last month following the funding body, Sport England‘s decision not to class Bridge as a sport, and the High Court ruling was announced today. Mr. Justice Dove declared he was “satisfied that the defendant’s adoption of the definition of “sport” contained in the European Sports Charter was in line with both a proper interpretation of the 1937 Act and also a proper construction of the objects and powers contained with in their Royal Charter”. He concluded that “the claimant’s application for judicial review must be dismissed.” The English Bridge Union (EBU) are reported to be “very disappointed”, however, since the organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have invited both Contract Bridge and Chess to apply for inclusion, this argument may not be over yet.
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