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Discussion: Not much chance of Orienteering making the Olympics

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 8, 2020 8:20 AM # 
LOST_Richard:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/olym...
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Dec 8, 2020 5:48 PM # 
herdwickmatt:
I’m not sure why it’s a problem? It’s no more subjective than diving or gymnastics. Is it because they don’t fit the idea of an “athlete”?
Dec 8, 2020 7:07 PM # 
Cristina:
I think the international squash community should find someone a little less snooty to advocate for their cause.
Dec 8, 2020 10:18 PM # 
gordhun:
Let's face it: Squash like orienteering does not fit the Olympic ideal.
Dec 8, 2020 10:24 PM # 
tRicky:
Squash is part of the Commonwealth Games. She should be satisfied it got halfway there.
Dec 8, 2020 10:46 PM # 
blairtrewin:
There are essentially two ways a new sport gets into the Olympics. One is if it brings in a big new TV audience (which is why the IOC is keen on cricket - the Indian subcontinent has a lot of people - but cricket itself is lukewarm). The other is if it offers realistic medal prospects for underrepresented countries, which is how rugby sevens got in - Fiji's gold medal there is one the IOC would have been very happy to see.
Dec 8, 2020 10:52 PM # 
Nixon:
Bribery. Three ways.
Dec 8, 2020 11:27 PM # 
Shingo:
@Blair, so where does break dancing fit in?
Dec 9, 2020 12:43 AM # 
tRicky:
New tv audience. Kids from the 80s will be tuning in in droves.
Dec 9, 2020 2:34 AM # 
Nev-Monster:
@Blair: more countries with a shot at medals is totally why cross-country should be in the winter Olympics. That would be awesome.

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