Time to ready your petition-signing pens, and start those campaigns for Olympic game comebacks.
Victor Mather has compiled a list of ten sporting events he believes the world would relish if only the Olympic committee would give them a chance.
Tandem bicycle 2,000-meter sprint, 1906-1972
A bicycle built for two doesn’t seem so quaint when it’s racing at top speed on a steeply banked velodrome. Expect crashes.
Javelin, both hands, 1912
In this event, competitors threw with the left and right hand, and were ranked by the total distance of both throws. Shouldn’t ambidextrous people have an Olympic event to call their own? (There was a similar event for shot put and discus too.)
Dueling pistol, 1906
No actual duels were fought, alas. Rather, contestants shot at a dummy dressed in a frock coat. Shooting events tend to be rather dull to watch, but they would have a chance with creative thinking like this.
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