The Olympics are expanding and have been for decades. Ancient Olympians would hardly recognize the international competition for what it once was.
While the slate of events for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro is mostly set, the drawing board is full of possibilities for 2020. The host city hasn’t yet been named for 2020 — it’s between Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid. Also yet to be determined is which sports, if any, will be added to the ever-growing list of events.
Baseball certainly has a strong case to return. With the World Baseball Classic, America’s pastime has gained international exposure in recent years. But baseball was voted out of the 2012 Games after appearances from 1992-2008 due to a lack of “universality,” according to IOC head Jacques Rogge.
Other possibilities, such as beach soccer, already have that universality at its purest form, but would be expanding the game of soccer to another venue.
Which of the sports under consideration at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires would you like to see added to the Olympic slate?
Baseball — America’s pastime deserves an international spotlight.
Karate — The martial arts have found a home at the Olympics, and karate would enhance the current exposure that judo has.
Roller sports — Hockey is the most popular Winter Olympic event. Who’s to say roller hockey wouldn’t have the same success over the summer?
Softball — Like baseball, the sport’s international presence has grown. Baseball could promote the softball brand, and vice versa.
Climbing — Extreme sports deserve their time in the spotlight as well.
Squash — We already know fans of the Olympics love the speed that is incorporated in squash. Haven’t you seen the table tennis matches?
Wakeboarding — You can never have too many water sports in the summertime.
Wushu — You probably had to look this one up. It’s a martial art that somewhat resembles current Olympic sport fencing.
Beach soccer — The world’s game has a place on the beach, too.