Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding games. According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows:
Question: Are wrestling and boxing allowed?
Answer: It is permissible to engage in wrestling and boxing without betting as long as it does not lead to serious bodily harm.
Question: Is it permissible to watch or engage in sports games with balls?
Answer: It is permissible to engage in sports games with balls like football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, table tennis, handball, etc. It is also permissible to watch such games at the sports stadiums or on various displays and monitors with payment or without payment as long as that does not entail a harãm act, like looking with lust, or neglecting an obligation like salãt.
Question: Some permissible games use dice in them. So is it allowed to play with it?
Answer: If the dice is not from the tools that are exclusively for gambling, then there is no problem in using it in non-gambling games.
Question: Is it permissible to play games of chance of all kinds on electronic machines (computers) without betting or with betting?
Answer: It is not permissible, and it is treated the same as normal [non-electronic] gambling instruments.
Question: Is playing cricket forbidden? And what about watching cricket and other sports on television?