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Olympics Sports – What is the criteria?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 16, 2008

What is the criteria for being an Olympic Sport?beijing olympics 2008 sports

Current Olympic sports:
Archery , Athletics (decathlon), Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak Flatwater, Canoe/Kayak Slalom, Cycling BMX, Cycling Mountain Bike, Cycling Road, Cycling Track, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics Artistic, Gymnastics Rhythmic, Trampoline, (European) Handball, (field) Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Softball, Swimming, Synchronized, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling…

I know some events are missing such as synchronized diving…badminton olympic sport

Some observations…
• Why are there 4 bicycling-related events?
• Why is there Trampoline? Who cares? Need I say more?
• Why is Softball being excluded from the next Olympics?
• Why have Judo and Taekwondo but not Karate or Jiu-Jitsu? How about getting rid of all of them and have a big MMA tournament?
• Why is tennis an Olympic sport? There are tennis tournaments, with international participants, every weekend? We need to have another tournament with Federer and Nadal?
• If tennis is an Olympic Sport, why not golf? Why not a NASCAR-type event? Motorcycle racing?
• I enjoy the gymnastics which can be exciting from a national and athletic perspective. Who is interested in Rhythmic Gymnastics? … Less athletic gymnastics running around with ribbon?
• Sailing? How many countries have serious sailing programs?

What is the logic? How do they select Olympic Sports? Why is softball being removed?

Is it simply a good opportunity to show the world sports that do not necessary get exposure?

(European) Handball is an interesting sport. We happened to played it for one year in elementary school and loved it. I am surprised that it has not caught on in the U.S. It is exciting sport that is a combination of basketball and water polo played on feet.

That’s all for now. One last comment.

I imagine some of you must enjoy watching badminton. I will NEVER watch badminton. I would rather watch a rerun of Hannah Montana!

(photo http://www.olympics.org.uk , whitneymcd7.files.wordpress.com)

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