Olympic Games are all Greek to me…

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said for the 100mph whirl­wind of a “sport” called golf. Why is golf in the Olympics? Is it be­cause it’s about the only pas­time mem­bers of the Olympic Com­mit­tee are able to take part in them­selves?

Golf could quite eas­ily be known by an­other ti­tle – “a walk”. Or “a walk while some­one holds your bag while you stroll around dressed like a mas­sive twat”.

Yet the pow­ers that be de­cided that for some rea­son, de­spite there be­ing Opens and Ry­der Cups ev­ery year, golf still some­how needed to be in the Olympics. Same with ten­nis. You’d think the Andy Mur­rays of the world would be happy with the glam­orous, high-pro­file Grand Slam tour­na­ments they clean up in…but no.

Of course, golfers and ten­nis play­ers tend to be mas­sively spon­sored, and or­gan­is­ers will be hop­ing those same spon­sors will sup­port them, too – so all are wel­comed in with open arms.

But work­ing on that ba­sis, what next? The sight of Lewis Hamil­ton do­ing lap af­ter lap of the Olympic sta­dium in his F1 jalopy?

And how do they de­cide what’s a wor­thy sport for the Games or not?

Can we ex­pect base jumpers leap­ing off sky­scrapers in the fu­ture, or per­haps a 400m space hop­per re­lay?

At least then per­haps we would un­der­stand why so many ath­letes feel the need to take per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

And I just won­der what the an­cient Greeks would have made of it all.

When the Games first started the com­peti­tors – all of whom were male – would per­form NAKED.

So con­grat­u­la­tions on at least one level to the or­gan­is­ers for ca­su­ally al­low­ing the fe­male beach vol­ley­ball play­ers to pretty much do the same.

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