It's a great story.
Randy Harvey is reporting from his 13th Olympic Games. He has covered every Summer Olympics since 1976 and every Winter Olympics since 1988. He joined The Sun as the assistant managing editor for sports in April and has previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times.
- WBAL-TV's Noel Tucker blogs from Olympics
August 17, 2004 8:20 AM ET
Put these Olympic sports on the sideline
With the Summer Olympics having grown to 10,500 athletes, 5,000 trainers and coaches and administrators and more than 21,000 journalists, the International Olympic Committee is concerned about what it calls gigantism. There are frequent discussions among its members about which sports it could eliminate from the program.
I'd like to help.
I'll do this alphabetically so as not to unnecessarily offend any of the sports.
To heck with that.
I'll start with modern pentathlon.
Exactly what is modern about pentathlon? The sport's elements -- running, swimming, fencing, shooting and horseback riding -- are supposed to resemble the five disciplines a courier in Napoleon's army had to master. A courier in today's army would have to be an expert with satellite phones. Where's the sport in that?
Second to go would be fencing. I know the United States is just now after all these years becoming one of the sport's powers, with a guarantee of one medal today, but who participates in fencing anymore outside of Zorro movies?
Third to go would be archery, the only sport more antiquated than fencing.
Rhythmic gymnastics also has to go. It's a sport in which ribbons are a key component. Think about it. Ribbons. In Los Angeles in 1984, there was a scandal because the air conditioning inside Pauley Pavilion played havoc with the ribbons. Either get rid of the sport or move it to the Winter Olympics, when there is no air conditioning.
Diving is fine, but synchronized diving? Why?
Trampoline? A nice backyard activity.
Because the IOC has determined that the Olympics are for the best athletes in the world, then tell sports such as baseball, soccer and boxing that haven't gotten with the program that they have to go until they do. I want to see a boxing tournament with Bernard Hopkins against Puerto Rico's Felix Trinidad and Hasim Rahman against one of the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers.
Let's also drop shooting. Not really. I don't have anything against shooting for sport. I just like to hear the NRA yelp.
August 16, 2004 9:17 AM ET
The world catches up to U.S. hoops