Top 10 Sports That Should Be Granted Olympic Status

Generally, the number of sports contested during the Olympic Games is either 26 or 28, with the figure currently being the higher number. If the Olympics are to truly the global event they promote themselves as, then why not include every sport, starting with these 10.

Activities marked with * are not currently recognised as sports by the International Olympic Committee.

1. Tiddlywinks*

If Scotland achieve independence from the United Kingdom, then no doubt this will be top of the agenda for the newly formed Scottish Olympic Committee.

2. Tug of War

An Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920 – surely the appeal here is obvious? Done in the mud, it could be Beach Volleyball for the new millennium.

3. Lifesaving

While I have a swimming certificate to show I am competent in this discipline, I am not sure how corporate sponsors would feel if this sport was to go wrong on live television.

4. Bridge

If the Olympic movement is meant to be inclusive for all, then why shouldn’t card games be allowed? As long as magicians are banned I am sure this would prove very popular.

5. Chess

Once a globally popular sport at the height of its powers in the 1960’s and 70’s, what better way to rejuvenate the “thinking man’s game” around the world than include it in the Olympics?

6. Orienteering

Not one for those who enjoy the adrenaline of say, white water rafting, but it could definitely be made interesting, especially if done in exotic rainforests or in a habitat shared with wild animals.

7. Karate

It is surprising to many that this is not an Olympic sport, however with Judo and Taekwondo prominent it is surely only a matter of time.

8. Ballooning*

Yes, in the 1900 Paris Games, Ballooning – the strategic flight of hot air balloons – was a demonstration sport. With modern technology it would be easy to facilitate a cross ocean race, or perhaps from the previous Olympics host city to the current one?

9. Weight Training with Dumbbells*

Although this was a demonstration sport in 1904, this being included in the Games would lead to the hilarious site of meatheads in gyms everywhere believing they could win the gold.

10. Surfing

This is a difficult one as you would need to guarantee waves, however given that Sky Sports News do their daily “surf report,” surely they could find a location anywhere?

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