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Swimming is a sport

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/27/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 548 times Debate No: 51050
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debateit

Pro

Swimming is by definition a sport. Why anyone would think otherwise I have no idea. Swimming is one of the hardest sports out there. I'm interested what my opponent will have to say about it
TheOpposition

Con

I would like to thank the proposition for allowing me to participate in this debate. While this is most certainly not my first debate in my life, it will be my first debate on this website. I chose this debate because of the challenge it faced me with, and I am interested in improving my skills of debating a topic which I disagree with. It is also because I saw a debate just like this, and I felt that the opposition did not do his side justice.

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I would like begin by examining the proposition's statement and their argument, and to seek further clarification of the bill.

Firstly, the bill simply states: "Swimming is a sport." I would like to point out that the proposition has failed to define this bill further, only stating that: "Swimming is by definition a sport." While the proposition may truly believe this, he/she has failed to provide said definition, and so I shall happily oblige to offering one. I propose to use the Oxford Dictionary's definition of sport to define the word "sport" in the bill:

"An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."

And for swimming:
"The activity of propelling oneself through water using the limbs."

I believe that the proposition will find it agreeable to follow these definitions throughout the debate, and I hope that he/she finds them reliable and concrete enough to use as a base for the bill. It is important to have a clear and understandable bill so that we can assure that the debate is truly fair and just.

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Now I will counter the proposition's points, along with stating my own. My opponent stated in his argument that: "Swimming is one of the hardest sports out there." While this may or may not be true, the statement is nullified by your own bill. We are not here to argue about whether or not swimming is a difficult activity -- it is irrelevant. We are here to argue about the validity of swimming as a sport, which I am about to discuss.

Swimming is not, by definition, a sport. There are a number of reasons why. One such reason is that there are many different ways to swim! Children learn to swim in ways which are effective at saving themselves and getting from point A to point B without too much energy being used. Lifeguards learn to swim in ways which are effective at saving themselves and their patrons. People who need to lose weight learn to swim in ways which are effective at losing weight without putting stress on their bodies. People who have disabilities learn to swim in ways which accommodate their conditions.

This list could go on and on, however my characters are limited greatly. The main point is that only a very small portion of swimmers swim in a competitive nature!
When someone jumps into a lake and moves back and forth in the water, is this person taking part in a competitive activity? No!
When someone wants to lose weight and swims in a pool to shed a few pounds, is this person taking part in a competitive activity? No!
When a lifeguard rushes into the water to save someone's life does he/she care what his time is compared to other lifeguards? Of course not!
These are ALL common examples of activities that people take part in every day! None of them are competitive in nature!

And, if you look at the definition of swimming again you will see that it says: "The activity of propelling oneself through water using the limbs."
All of the examples I have provided fit this definition. These people are moving through the water using their limbs. These people are swimming! According to the definition of a sport, the activity must be competitive in nature! If the activity is not competitive, it is therefore not a sport!

Therefore, swimming is not a sport!
Debate Round No. 1
debateit

Pro

debateit forfeited this round.
TheOpposition

Con

My opponent has forfeited the round and has failed to present any arguments. The opposition stands by its argument that swimming is not a sport.
Debate Round No. 2
debateit

Pro

debateit forfeited this round.
TheOpposition

Con

My opponent has failed to make any arguments against my case. I believe this should constitute as a win in my favour.
I will summarize my arguments:

There are many types of swimming which are not sport and are not competetive. Swimming styles range from getting from point A to B, to losing weight, to saving someone's life. There are many different types of swimming which are not sportive in nature, so to put all these different styles under an umbrella term of "sport" is unfair and unfitting of such a wonderful and multifaceted activity. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
debateit

Pro

debateit forfeited this round.
TheOpposition

Con

My opponent has not presented a single argument against my case, has forfeited every single round without reason, and has therefore forfeited the debate. If this is not a win for me, I must have gone mad and the definition of victory must have changed.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Jabuticaba 2 years ago
Jabuticaba
You avoid my debate challenges why?
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Vote Placed by The_Scapegoat_bleats 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I usually give a point for conduct if one side forfeits. Conduct is shared, however, for Con's inappropriately snide remarks on the last round. I'll grant him arguments, though. I normally wld have let this pass as a tie, but the argumentation was solid.