What Counts As a Sport?

In the sports section this issue, I have included a story about the sport of equestrian show jumping. Equestrian is one of those sports that narrow-minded people can’t wrap their head around when explaining why it is indeed a sport. The mentality seems to be that the athletes aren’t actual athletes because they just sit around while the horse does all the work. Other sports such as race car driving and golf are also scrutinized for not being “real sports” for reasons that vary from “it doesn’t take any skill” to “you don’t even need to be in shape to play it”.

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The War Against Terrorism

The U.S. military successfully destroyed four ISIS positions and one unit in Syria in what had been considered a “safe haven” (Department of Defense). More bases and positions were destroyed in Iraq. The airstrikes are a part of Inherent Resolve, “the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat it poses to Iraq, the region and the wider international community” (DoD). Other nations conducting airstrikes include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain (DoD).

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Fit for a King

Top equestrian athletes from across Canada and around the globe will be competing for the chance at becoming national and international champions at this year’s Royal Horse Show in Toronto. The event will be held from November 7th to 16th in at the Ricoh Coliseum, showcasing the country’s best athletes in equestrian sports today.

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