Define Sport

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After battling with the definition of sport and athlete for a while to come up with a good argument one way or the other, I came to a realization -

There is a better way to go about this.

If we can find an event which is recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee which can be fairly compared to pro gaming in general, then the debate is resolved in favor of pro gamers. Otherwise, pro gamers are NOT athletes.

So I did some digging, and found this little gem.

"Chess is recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)"

No, chess is not an event in the Olympics, nor will it likely ever be, but it is recognized as a sport nonetheless. I think in general, we can agree that a comparison between SC2 and chess is an adequate one - certainly, SC2 is more physically demanding, and equally as mentally demanding, and many similarities exist between the two. So it is fair, at least, to say that SC2 qualifies as a sport. I'm going to be generous and say that this can be expanded to any game played competitively. As a result, pro gamers, by definition, are professional athletes.
Except for maybe those who play LoL *winkwinknudgewink*