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August 18, 2016

“Sports” that shouldn’t really be in the Olympics

Filed under: Lists, Sport, Uncategorized — Tags: — chriscroft @ 10:07 am

This is just my opinion.  total respect to anyone who is world class at anything.  But I would ditch these….


  • BMX, it’s for children
  • Golf, because it’s boring
  • Sailing because you can’t see what they’re doing – they just bob around on the waves in the distance for a bit and then come back with a medal
  • Some of the swimming because there are so many distances and styles that there are too many medals given out
  • Football and tennis because they have their own competitions
  • I would keep dressage, even though it is basically showing off on a horse and isn’t really a sport, because it is at least clever
  • I would keep the cat and mouse cycle sprint because it’s hilarious, and actually very skilful, similarly the Kierin with the ridiculous electric bike
  • I wouldn’t allow the female gymnasts to be so young, I just think it’s probably bad for them as kids to do so much excessive exercise under such mental pressure
  • The synchronised diving was amazing but the problem is everybody was completely brilliant so the being judged on tiny details – so it needs to be made harder so we can distinguish the winner more easily

Apart from that, rock on!


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  1. Karl always said that anything that cant be measured in an objective way shouldn’t be in the Olympics. No Gymnastics, No Horses, No diving etc. Only stuff that you can be faster, higher, further, stronger than the other competitors. But he also didn’t like Miles Davis…. just sayin’

    Comment by Josh Stokes — August 18, 2016 @ 11:17 am

  2. Agree most, but can’t see any reason for having a “horses doing silly walks” competition as an olympic sport. Why not cats, dogs and elephants and tigers too (or is that called a circus?)?
    When I see it I can only think of that timeless Ministry of Silly Walks sketch by Monty Python

    But the TV was worth it just for the cycling – loved it all


    Comment by johnandsheilacycling — August 18, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

  3. Dressage? Why not other animal performances – Mollie the sealion playing happy birthday on a giant mouthorgan for instance. Synchronised diving in – Busby Berkeley choreographed at least 6 divers at a time – 2 is far too easy. Fencing is old hat – how about paintballing / laserquest instead? Clay pigeon shooting – but with a few explosive clays shuffled in at random – to let the pigeon fight back so to speak

    Comment by Martin Hately - poole hospital physio — August 18, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

  4. Disagree on the sailing, but then being a keen sailor I am probably biased! I do recall watching Ben Ainslie at 4am one morning during the Beijing Olympics but then the whole race was live coverage which made it much more interesting.


    Comment by Geoff Bowyer — August 18, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

  5. Triple jump and walking race are pretty silly in my opinion!

    There is a minimum age of, I think, 16 on participants in the gymnastics. They don’t all look it though, do they?

    Martin Herrington 3443 Burch Avenue Cincinnati OH45208 USA



    Comment by Martin R Herrington — August 18, 2016 @ 3:13 pm

  6. Controversial … but fun! Some people may argue that all the other sports have their own competitions outside the Olympics … totally agree with the ridiculous bike in front of the cyclists! 🙂

    Comment by Didier — August 18, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

  7. haha some great replies already guys! Performing seals would be good to see! Triple Jump very bizarre. I do like fencing but agree it’s too much of a minority sport to be in. Sailing would be good if it could be filmed from a drone, there’s an idea… and yes, Monty Python nailed it, as always!

    Comment by chriscroft — August 18, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

  8. I would scrap all sports that can’t be measured objectively. Any “sport” based on the “opinion” of other humans would be in the bin. Out go diving, gymnastics, boxing etc. In would come sports that are easily measurable. A few examples would be: darts, snooker, pool, petanque, bowls, fishing… (And I think team UK would be quite good at some of these additions!)

    Comment by Peter Missen — August 19, 2016 @ 6:50 am

  9. PLEASE ALLOW SQUASH INTO THE OLYMPICS – These are genuine sportspeople who don’t earn big money even though they have world champions and a level of fitness and skills that would make them very wealthy in other sports!

    It televises brilliantly now with HD TV, a white ball and coloured glass courts.

    Rant over.

    Comment by lindsay — August 19, 2016 @ 7:47 am

  10. What about performing dog competition – it’s the same as dressage, the animal is responding to minute cues to perform a trick. Mind you dressage is lovely to watch!

    Comment by Christine Bourne — August 19, 2016 @ 8:58 am

  11. All sports have competitions outside the Olympics, the Olympics being the best of the best

    This doesn’t really apply to the football as the World cup is the best of the best – this competition seems to be the best of the rest, the players who don’t make it into the full national teams get a chance at a big event.

    There should be a Doped athlete event… for the Russians mainly… may be able to break the 7 second barrier for the 100m sprint!

    Comment by Pete Watkins — August 19, 2016 @ 9:09 am

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