Olympic base­ball, or Olympic joust­ing?

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Base­ball has a ri­val for in­clu­sion in the Olympics: Joust­ing.

Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the English Her­itage charity launched a cam­paign for the an­cient eques­trian sport to be in­cluded on the pro­gram at fu­ture edi­tions of the games.

English Her­itage’s Lucy Hutchings says joust­ing “re­quires sim­i­lar lev­els of ath­leti­cism and artistry as other of­fi­cial Olympic sports” and has its roots in an­cient Greece.

It’s un­likely to hap­pen any­time soon. Joust­ing, which sees com­peti­tors wear­ing ar­mour gal­lop to­ward op­po­nents thrust­ing a lance, is not a mass par­tic­i­pa­tion sport.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee al­ready has a short­list un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to be added to the pro­gram for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The IOC will se­lect one of base­ball-soft­ball, surf­ing, skate­board­ing, karate and sports climb­ing at a meet­ing next month.

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