Yesterday through a contact of mine in the industry I saw a preview of a TV commercial for the 2012 London Summer Olympics that will be airing shortly. After watching the commercial we started talking about the different events that would take place. Do you know how a “sport” becomes an Olympic event?
To become an Olympic event a sport first has to be recognized: it must be administered by an International Federation which ensures that the sport’s activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practiced around the world and meets a number of criteria established by the IOC session, a recognized sport may be added to the Olympic program on the recommendation of the IOC’s Olympic Program Commission.
Here’s a list of the sports that will be contested at this year’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
When you look at these sports as a group, it looks more like the list of activities that my 10-year old son Matthew is participating in at summer camp. The children my son’s camp do virtually all of these things. They swim, do archery, play basketball, ride bicycles, ride horses, play soccer, do gymnastics, golf, play hockey, handball, go sailing, skeet shooting, play tennis and even table tennis. By in large the only thing they don’t do here are the contact sports like boxing and wrestling etc. I suppose if we paid more for the camp they would let them beat the crap out of each other too.
Out of all the children’s events, there is one that particularly strikes me as the funniest, “table tennis.” They call it table tennis to make it sound like a sport, but to you and me it’s ping pong. When I was 9-years old my dad and I won a father and son ping pong tournament at a dude ranch in upstate NY. I used to play ping pong with my grandparents and the rest of the family on holidays. It’s not a sport, it’s a recreational activity. We played checkers, pin the tail on the donkey, pokeno and go fish too. Can’t those be Olympic events? They all seem to fit the criteria. Ping pong is no more of a sport than pocket pool… I know what you’re thinking, not that one, I’m talking about the miniature billiards table.
The Olympics really isn’t anything more than teenagers and adults who practice before they compete at camp. This year’s camp just happens to be in London. Coming soon, the 2012 London Summer Camp Games….
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