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08-04-2012, 10:23 AM
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Already an open water marathon. It's being done in Hyde Park in Serpentine Lake.
Isn`t that the 10k marathon. A swim across the channel would be 30 to 40k.

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Time to change the rules then
There would be problems on deciding who supplies the cars/engines, service crews etc. In case you didn't know, they don't go by the drivers nationalities e.g. in WRC.

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tug o war was Olympic before. They took it out.
They also had shooting at real live birds and club swinging (whatever that is).

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I would like to nominate Kabaddi





In addition to the above mentioned Kabaddi I would also like to see that thing where people run (tumble) down a steep hill chasing after a wheel of cheese.
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20/20 Cricket definitely has the global appeal and should be in the olympics.

Lacrosse was also an olympic event once upon a time. I dont know how many countries play it but it would be an automatic medal for Canada, I think.

Rugby should be there too. Certainly enough countries play it.


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20/20 Cricket definitely has the global appeal and should be in the olympics.

Lacrosse was also an olympic event once upon a time. I dont know how many countries play it but it would be an automatic medal for Canada, I think.

Rugby should be there too. Certainly enough countries play it.
Rugby and Golf are on the program for Rio

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08-04-2012, 11:14 PM
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Ive mentioned cricket before, which I know they had in it a long time ago. I also think baseball and softball shouldnt have been excluded. Also maybe roller derby or something to do with rollerblades?

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Rugby and Golf are on the program for Rio
Rugby sevens is. Two teams of 7, playing two 7 minute halves. A full rugby union 15 tournament crammed into two weeks would kill people. For comparison, the RWC takes About two months. A Sevens tournament takes two days.

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20/20 Cricket definitely has the global appeal and should be in the olympics.
Global as in commonwealth. No one outside of England plays it in Europe.

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Global as in commonwealth. No one outside of England plays it in Europe.
Globally there are enough teams competing at a high level to justify inclusion, though. It isn't like baseball where the US is going to win every time.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Australia, New Zealand are all legitmately powerful cricket nations. So is the West Indies although they would have to be broken up differently to fit the Olympic format. Bangladesh can beat anyone on their day as well.

Compared to sports like water polo or field hockey, it certainly belongs and there are just as many legitimately 'competitive' nations in terms of being realistic medal possibilities. And loads more interest in the sport globally.

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08-05-2012, 07:58 AM
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Globally there are enough teams competing at a high level to justify inclusion, though. It isn't like baseball where the US is going to win every time.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Australia, New Zealand are all legitmately powerful cricket nations. So is the West Indies although they would have to be broken up differently to fit the Olympic format. Bangladesh can beat anyone on their day as well.

Compared to sports like water polo or field hockey, it certainly belongs and there are just as many legitimately 'competitive' nations in terms of being realistic medal possibilities. And loads more interest in the sport globally.
It's like the ice hockey of the southern hemisphere(plus England), no one plays it in North, Central nor South America, Asia (northern hemisphere) or Europe outside of England. it simply isn't a global sport played in multiple continents.

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Squash, big sport in many parts of the world
Yup, ridiculous it isn't there. Miles bigger, more important, and more globally played (both at high levels and recreational levels) than most sports currently in the games.

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This. God, 1000000X this.

Take out the horse riding garbage if need be.
Thing with equestrian is that it brings in a major (and different) demographic.

Yeah, most under-40 males think it's crap. But it's the one event my mom will be glued to the TV for. Hugely female-friendly event. Women like horses.

Also it has a lot of history and traditional importance in the Olympic movement/setup.


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How about surfing?
2 major problems there :

1) It's a sport dominated by two countries - US and Australia. Not exactly a sport with a ton of global interest.

2) 'Facilities' only exist in certain specialized parts of the world. Where would the surfing event have been held at the 1976 Montreal Olympics? Or this Olympics, for that matter - I believe there are some places in Cornwall where you can surf, but the waves certainly wouldn't be competition quality I wouldn't think.

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It's like the ice hockey of the southern hemisphere(plus England), no one plays it in North, Central nor South America, Asia (northern hemisphere) or Europe outside of England. it simply isn't a global sport played in multiple continents.
Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe are 4 continents. North America as well - West Indies and Canada were at the 2011 World Cup.

Again, there is little difference in the number of competitive nations from water polo or field hockey. Or basketball, for that matter. Or Rugby 7s, which has just been added.

It's pretty clearly 'global enough'.

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08-05-2012, 08:21 AM
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Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe are 4 continents. North America as well - West Indies and Canada were at the 2011 World Cup.

Again, there is little difference in the number of competitive nations from water polo or field hockey. Or basketball, for that matter. Or Rugby 7s, which has just been added.

It's pretty clearly 'global enough'.
When it come to media attention, it isn't. An one country in one continent doesn't quite qualify (England). West Indies? Really? I crap bigger than that.

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Global as in commonwealth. No one outside of England plays it in Europe.
Not true, Wales do.

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It's like the ice hockey of the southern hemisphere(plus England), no one plays it in North, Central nor South America, Asia (northern hemisphere) or Europe outside of England. it simply isn't a global sport played in multiple continents.
Wait, where do you think Pakistan and India are located?


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North America as well - West Indies and Canada were at the 2011 World Cup.
I understand the Caribean islands are usually grouped together with Central America, which is generally considered part of NA, but Guyana is obviously part of South america, and so too is T&T. Even Barbados should probably be regarded as part of SA rather than NA.

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Not true, Wales do.

Wait, where do you think Pakistan and India are located?
Wales doesn't really matter, since they are not in the Olympics.

Close enough to the equator. I'll say it more clearly, sport isn't "global" unless it's played widely in Europe or enough G20 countries.

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Wales doesn't really matter, since they are not in the Olympics.
Well neither is England then.

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Close enough to the equator. I'll say it more clearly, sport isn't "global" unless it's played widely in Europe or enough G20 countries.
Lol @ Pakistan being close to the equator. They're not even on the tropic. Even South Africa is closer to the equator.

And no, a sport does not have to be played widely in Europe to be global, not any more than any other continent that is.

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Well neither is England then.


And no, a sport does not have to be played widely in Europe to be global, not any more than any other continent that is.
England=Great Britain as evidenced by the football exits.

It does in my opinion.

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Not true, Wales do.


Wait, where do you think Pakistan and India are located?



I understand the Caribean islands are usually grouped together with Central America, which is generally considered part of NA, but Guyana is obviously part of South america, and so too is T&T. Even Barbados should probably be regarded as part of SA rather than NA.
England Cricket team is actually the England and Wales Cricket team.

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It's like the ice hockey of the southern hemisphere(plus England), no one plays it in North, Central nor South America, Asia (northern hemisphere) or Europe outside of England. it simply isn't a global sport played in multiple continents.
Ireland and the Netherlands play to.

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**** 7's, they should have rugby league or union in there. Start the tourney a few weeks ahead of the olympics.

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**** 7's, they should have rugby league or union in there. Start the tourney a few weeks ahead of the olympics.
They could just have knockout rounds without group play, starting with 1/8 finals. I want to watch the All Blacks at the Olympics in the near future.

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