Despite the efforts of the IOC to award them elsewhere the next
summer Olympics are STILL coming to London in 2012 (albeit in a
slightly different form) and it has been decided that the games will
be updated and made more interesting. Ratings on television and
crowds at the venue itself need a boost and this is apparent by
simply looking at what people are watching on television today. The
channels are filled with reality shows and extreme competitions.
When it comes to entertaining, the more bizarre and off the wall,
the better the ratings and more interested the audience. Since this
is the case, the Olympics should follow suit and update the lineup
The first sport that should be added would be the mud tug of war.
Strongman competitions are popular and this group sport allows for
team play. For better entertainment value, there should be a lot of
disgusting insects, slugs, slithery creatures etc involved in the
middle of the playing field, so the losing team truly gets
Parkour is an exciting sport that has taken cities by storm. Jumping
from building to building and performing amazing tricks over and
around common objects just with the body requires a certain level of
skills and unabashed disregard for personal safety. It looks pretty
cool and would make a great Olympic sport.
Dodgeball has made its way from the playground to becoming an adult
sport that is seen in YMCAs and fitness clubs around the world. It
is time to make this more than simply an intramural level sport.
Seeing people get hit by that red rubber ball would be so much more
exciting if it were made more official and be one the games.
Motorcross is much more exciting than BMX, so this should replace
the bicycle sport. Adding horsepower can only make things better.
When adding this, the freestyle jumping competitions should be added
In the days of the Coliseum, slaves and criminals were pitted
against wild animals such as tigers and lions. They were hunted and
had to fight to stay alive. Such amazing spectacles should be
brought back. In the United States as well as other countries, the
prisons are terribly overpopulated. Many of these criminals are on
death row and have no chance of parole. Having these doomed
criminals fight to the death in front of thousands of people would
A sport that has seen increasing popularity in the last few years
would be women’s roller derby. This fast paced sport should be in
the Olympics. A group of hearty women pushing and beating each other
while racing around on roller skates makes for great entertainment.
The Olympics need to get better since the current lineup of sports
is too boring and traditional. With the addition of some
interesting, unique, and bizarre sports it will surely improve!!
Copyright the UK Alternative Olympics Committee (ie,
Sid and Doris Loonie) 2010