Before each Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee meets to decide which sports will (or will not) be included in the upcoming program. New events for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games, for example, include golf and rugby. Meanwhile, baseball and softball got cut back in 2012. What new sports (real or imaginary) would you like to see join the Olympics, and which existing events are ready to be retired?
M. Enois Duarte
I nominate disc golf as the next Olympic sport. It’s a rigorous, challenging sport that tests one’s endurance for throwing a specially-designed frisbee in an 18-hole course. It takes years of training and some talent to throw a disc across some drives that average 60-70m, with a few that can range upwards of 1200-1300m. High winds and temperatures can play a factor and compel the athlete to make necessary adjustments in her/his throw. The uniform and apparel worn by athletes can also be considered when tallying points. Extra points can go towards the most creative, colorful rainbow tie-dye shirts, and whoever wears leather water buffalo sandals best.
Of course, I’m just kidding, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if the committee accepted the sport for the next summer games?
I’ll be the first to say it: The Hunger Games need to be an Olympic sport. Forget getting rid of a competition to make room for it… get rid of ALL the other competitions. It would just be the Hunger Games, non-stop and live (obviously, someone other than NBC will have to air this) for two weeks straight, 24 hours a day. And before you call me sadistic, OK, we don’t send our best athletes; we send our most despicable criminals. So there’s some ‘Suicide Squad’ in there as well. The winner gets a pardon. (We’ll find a nice remote island to dump them on… don’t worry). Don’t tell me you wouldn’t watch. Everyone would watch!
I love sports but the Olympics tends to make me yawn. Fortunately, there’s something fresh, entertaining and enthralling available to punch up the snoozefest. That would be the BattleFrog obstacle course competition. This 2-year-old competition is shown on ESPN2, and pits teams of primarily collegiate athletes against each other. It takes these athletes about 2 to 2.5 minutes to run the course and if it’s on, I can’t look away. As for the event to be replaced, how about the very unwatchable water polo?
Chris Boylan (Big Picture Big Sound)
‘Pokémon Go’. No, really. People will walk around and catch Pokémon in order to do battle in a gym. Whichever country takes over the most gyms wins gold. And people will watch it. In droves. I just came from Central Park where there was a Machamp sighting (a fairly advanced Pokémon). The throngs of people converging on the location where he spawned (including yours truly) – at 9:30 at night – was incredible. This was probably more exercise than most of these people had gotten in months.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
Everyone may be talking about monster trucks today, but as tomorrow dawns, the future of sports is in shirling. I hope to one day see Canada’s up-and-coming pastime honored at the Summer Olympics.
Shannon’s suggestion sounds more like ‘The Running Man‘ than ‘The Hunger Games’ to me. Either way, I support it.
If ping pong (excuse me, table tennis) can be an Olympic sport, why can’t foosball? It has all the athleticism of table tennis with more excitement than badminton.
I also advise replacing all the equestrian events with live-action Mario Kart. The official Olympic uniforms for each country should of course be modeled after characters in the game. The Russians can be Bowser.
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