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A question for the ages: UK court to decide if bridge is a sport after sports body says 'no'

  • Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

  • Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

  • Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. A British judge has been asked to resolve the question of whether bridge is a sport after Sport England ruled that the popular card game is not. The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

Is bridge a sport? A British judge has been asked to resolve this weighty question after Sport England ruled the popular card game is not a sport.

The decision is being challenged in Britain's High Court by the English Bridge Union, which complains that the adverse ruling by Sport England goes against the views of Britain's Parliament and "significant international sporting organizations."

It says Parliament has recognized "mind sports" that promote mental skills and contends that bridge has known health benefits.

The case is set to be heard Tuesday and Wednesday.