As in "enjoy your sports event".

I've considered using just event, but I think it's too generic. I've also considered "race" but not every sports event is a race. Maybe there isn't a proper word for this in English.

  • I don't think you'll get a better description for a sporting event than... sporting event.
    – Davo
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:22
  • Oh that was a mistake that came from the editing, it was "an event" at first, my bad!
    – Cilvet
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:22
  • The thing is, this is for an online platform that works only with sporting events, so saying sporting event is redundant. Should I just say event?
    – Cilvet
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:23

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There are a number of terms for sporting events. Unfortunately each can have its own particular term:

The most generic is "game":

Enjoy the game!

This is appropriate for sports like baseball, football/soccer, basketball, and so on.

Tennis, however plays a match, as does boxing and other one-on-one sports/games.

A single boxing (or other fighting sport) match can also be called a bout.

Golfers play a round of golf, but a complete set of rounds, often over a period of days is called a tournament.

Other sports can also have tournaments, especially when each contestant plays against more than one opponent. For example, a table tennis tournament will consist of a series of matches, with players being eliminated until you get to the final match to determine the tournament winner.

Race is appropriate for sports that are contests of speed -- biking, running, horse racing, auto racing, etc.

A collective event which might have many different types of sports all going on at the same time can be called a meet. Sports such as "track and field" or swimming have meets against their opponents, where all the different events go on at the same time, in different areas.

Some sports have their own unique terminology. Cricket, for example, calls their games a Test match or simply a Test (although there are variations with other names).

This is not meant to be a complete list, but it should be enough to get started.

  • This is very helpful. I was actually thinking about using test, but that feels like I'm telling them to enjoy their math exam.. I think I will stick to event but thank you kindly for your excellent response! Edit: this is supposed to be an automatic response so I can't really change it depending on the situation. It has to be valid for all possible cases. (we use prueba in spanish)
    – Cilvet
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:40
  • @Cilvet "test" only applies to cricket, and then only certain variations of cricket. I think "game" is generally acceptable.
    – Andrew
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:41
  • wouldn't game be unfitting in the context of, say, a race?
    – Cilvet
    Oct 3, 2017 at 14:47
  • Good answer, Andrew. @Cilvet yes, "game" would be unfitting for racing sports and sports covered within meets (many of which are races anyway), but it is a good generic choice for just about everything else. Even sports like golf or tennis that have their own specific terminology can be described as "games."
    – cjl750
    Oct 3, 2017 at 20:59
  • How about competition?
    – Davo
    Oct 3, 2017 at 21:11

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