The High Court has dismissed a challenge brought by the English Bridge Union to the adoption of a policy by Sport England which effectively excluded so-called "mind sports" from recognition as a national governing body. The EBU had argued that Sport England had misunderstood the scope of its objects as set out in its Royal Charter and should follow the example of other organisations such as the International Olympic Committee which had recognised bridge as a sport.
Dove J rejected these arguments, holding that Sport England had correctly understood the scope of its powers which properly reflected Parliament's approach to the funding of sport as being limited to physical activities for nearly 80 years. Permission to appeal was refused.
The full judgment can be read here: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2015/2875.html
Kate Gallafent QC appeared for Sport England and Ben Jaffey appeared for the intervener, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.