Every year another few sports make it into the Olympics. I’m certain that eventually the egg and spoon race will be a major attraction in track and field. For me, the essence of the Olympics is one person against several others primarily using their own motive force to achieve a win. Therefore, I can accept BMX racing, but I think soccer shouldn’t be there. I have a bit of a grey area when it comes to team sports – should coxless rowing pairs be allowed, what about the 4x100m relay?
Anyway, I won’t lose any sleep over it, but by my own rules, motorsport is excluded. It’s the kind of sport where the chequebook has too much of an influence on the final results. I’m not saying that this doesn’t also count in sports such as swimming (with the Speedo suit), or cycling, but the costs are negligible compared to haring around a track burning fuel and breaking gearboxes.
One thing I would like to see, though, is an anything-goes, steroid-fueled Olympics. I want to see someone run the 100m quicker than 7.2 seconds. I want to see bursting veins, stratospherically high pole vaults and swimmers that can create a wake like a mini tsunami. And they can carry an ostrich egg on a chopstick for a kilometre.