Real Pol wrote:Okay a few sports which I believe should NOT be included in the Olympics;
(these sports pay their athletes stupid amounts of money and don't need the Olympics to showcase their sports).
Dressage (sp?) People dancing on horses!?! WTF
Syncronised Diving.......bit weird.
Football isn't an Olympic sport--that would be soccer
. and soccer players in the States (the only nation that really matters when it comes to determining the future of sports in the games, more on that in a bit) don't make insane amounts of money, unless their last name starts with a B and they are from Great Britain.
Basketball-- it's only the men who make the money.
Tennis-- I've got no agrument for that, except it was interesting to see some of the medal favorites eliminated in early rounds.
Dressage-- come on, this is the only sport (equestrian as a whole, including show jumping and cross country events) where you are not judged by gender, horse or rider, it's a unisex sport and people of advanced age can do quite well in this sport, I think they even had a rider in his sixties competing this year.
Synchro diving-- this was an attempt to get more than 4 gold medals for this sport, also try to get some of the medal tally away from Chinese, as they could only enter one team in each of the synchro events.
They will be eliminating softball and baseball for the 2012 games, because of the US dominance in softball... but why baseball, the US sends an Under 23 minor league team to the games and they cannot compete with the other countries on the same level as the women... it's all in an attempt to maintain gender balance. If they just decided to eliminate softball there would be an uproar because they were eliminating a women's sport.