Sad Dog, Sad Day

Thursday, December 08, 2005, posted by jon at 12:15 PM | 2 comments

Bad news I'm afraid, I've been tipped off by a reader's Dad who wanted to see Cricket in the Olympics.

Some demonstration sports were included in the Olympic Games up until 1992. The host city organising committee integrated the demonstration sports into the official Olympic Sports programme. However, this created a great deal of extra work and costs and at the IOC 95th session in 1989 it was decided that demonstration sports should be eliminated as from 1996 Atlanta.

Ordinarily a sport may only be added to the programme seven years before the date of the Games and this is done by the IOC Session. There will be no new sports for the 2012 Games.

In addition, at its session in July 2005, the IOC decided to remove softball and baseball from the schedule."


So, darts and Footbadivolley are both out then, but on the positive side, Grec-Roman wrestling is still in.

- jon


  • I could not face that sad pup and not do something... copy of email to Department of Culture, Media and Sport below. Could be an opportunity to compete outside IOC events.....

    "Dear DCMS,

    re Demonstration Sports 2012 Olympics

    I was disturbed to read on your 2012 Olymic FAQs that Demonstration sports will not be included in the 2012 Olympics ( I feel we are missing a huge opportunity to introduce the world to the huge variety of competitive sport played in our Country.

    Would it be possible to have an exhibition area at the games where GB sports could be demonstrated (even if not part of the IOC Games themselves). I am sure this would generate plentiful sponsorship opportunities to provide funding (i.e. Vodafone sponsored Cricket)and there would be no lack of enthusiasm amongst the supporters of minority or GB specific sports.

    Thankyou for taking the time to consider this
    ....... (Mr M)"

    By Anonymous Mr M, at 12:49 PM  

  • I think the dog was a sucker punch, but thanks for taking this ridiculous oversight up with the UK government. Let us all know how they respond?

    - J

    By Blogger jon, at 1:28 PM  

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