Every year, many unrecognized sports vie for the approval and attention of the International Olympic Committee. After a lengthy application process and meeting strict guidelines, they might not even be approved. If they are approved, it doesn’t mean the sport will ever appear at the Olympic Games. With so many great sports out in the world, it feels like a shame they can’t have their day in the sun at the Olympics. So, what are some of these sports that never got a chance? Here are 25 Coolest Olympic Sports Considered But Not Approved.
Putting Cricket in the Olympics makes sense. It’s one of the most popular sports in the world with over 2 billion followers. Most recently in fact, there’s been talk of putting Cricket into the 2024 Olympic games. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Inline Speed Skating
If there’s ice skating in the Winter Olympics, you’d think inline speed skating would make the cut for the Summer Olympics. Yet, it still isn’t an Olympic sport. Skating organizations are fighting to get the sport included in the Olympics but haven’t found any success.
While it might seem like a long shot, Ultimate Frisbee has all the right athletic parameters to be in the Olympics. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to watch. There have been rumblings of actually having Ultimate in the Olympics, especially with the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee) eager to be relevant in today’s world.
For many, Bowling is the thing you do when you’ve done everything else. It’s easy to forget there are still a ton of really good, competitive bowlers in the world, and they’d be eager to play at the Olympics. If Curling can be in the Olympics, it only makes sense to put in Bowling.
Before you laugh at including Parkour in the Olympics, isn’t it just another form of Gymnastics? It requires rigorous athleticism. Some are against the idea because it’s difficult to score, but since Parkour leaders have met with the I.O.C., it’s a good bet many still want it included.
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