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The belief that competitive sport damages children is misguided, but not daft

By Matt Cavanagh   November 2004

The government is worried about children getting fatter and growing into obese adults. There is clearly a lot we can do about this. Getting schools to play more competitive sport seems like a good place to start.

The left, however, has long been suspicious of competitive sport. The government could have tried to accommodate this in announcing its new proposals. It could have said: look, we understand that there is a real question about whether society is getting too competitive, but tackling obesity is just more important.

It chose not to do this. Instead, it used the backdrop of a…

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