The 2012 Olympic Games in London are fast approaching now, and of course a massive fuss is being made about them. Everywhere you go – there’s commercials for the Olympics with some amazing narrator saying how these people met their dreams and how we can help them if only we use our credit cards. (Really?) Meanwhile people are rumoured to have been bored with the London Olympics since 2008. Actually that’s not a rumor – with no one doing anything like Michael Phelps, most of my friends are saying they aren’t even going to watch.
Instead of going on about the sports we can expect to watch, I’d like to hold a separate flame up for the sports that didn’t make it into the line-up. Events that would have people the world over giving up their FoxyBingo.com sessions to see. The sports that actually do deserve their place in the line-up.
Bowling – Bowling is played all across the world as far as I’m aware. So I don’t understand why it cannot be considered an Olympic sport. They play it during the Commonwealth Games (although admittedly these games are only between the UK and the rest of the Queen’s territories). There’s certainly a lot of skill required.
Netball – They allow Basketball to played at the Olympics so why not the girlier option? It is played in over 60 countries after all. There are bound to be a few players per country with skills. Plus the game times are perfect for the Olympic format. Not too long and not too short. Why don’t more men play it?
Squash – I can honestly say this game is far more entertaining than Tennis or Badminton will ever be. Not to mention more intense. What’s not entertaining about watching two players whack a ball against a wall?
Roller derby – This game is so cool! And even if you don’t know what’s going on, it’s very entertaining. Players take part all across the world. It is a predominantly female sport though, despite the fact it has just as much appeal for men, so perhaps that’s why it will never be included.
American Football – Obviously.