Item BCA - 2017.1272 - Should campanology (bellringing) be reclassified as a sport?

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BCA - 2017.1272


Should campanology (bellringing) be reclassified as a sport?


  • February 2016 (Creation)

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“In February 2016 the hot controversy raging in the pages of The Ringing World is whether bellringing should be classified as a sport. If physical activity is the criterion there’s no doubt. Was it not proved on Monday April 27th 1868, when the Ancient Society of College Youths (founded 1634) rang 15,840 Kent Treble Bob Major in 9 hours 12 minutes, the longest peal achieved by one set of men? As golf is back in the Olympics, change-ringing certainly should be. Yet it is more scientific than any sport. Its arithmetic combinations look like some unfathomable punch-card for a fiendishly intricate Jacquard silk loom. Britain should be proud to be the only country, save for Commonwealth outposts, where change-ringing thrives, rather than Europe’s silly carillons. Wait for the Queen’s 90th birthday and you’ll hear the appeal of a peal.” Witney Gazette February 2016.
The article in The Telegraph asked "If quoits, model aircraft flying and angling are sports, surely bellringing should also be included.

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