We’re all excited about the games. In fact, since it was announced, way back in 2005, the UK has gone ever-so-slightly sports crazy. There’s no doubt, it’s going to be up there with 1966 or Torvill and Dean’s Bolero.
At the first event, held in 1896, there were just nine sports. This year, there will still only be 26, including all the usual running-diving-throwing-jumping suspects. With so many other possible sports to choose from, we think it’s time to shake things up a bit.
Technically speaking, as long as it is widely practiced in at least 75 countries, across four continents, any sport can be considered for inclusion. However, there is a nifty little loophole: ‘demonstration’ sports are also allowed to be included. This can be to gauge interest in a discontinued sport or to showcase a sport from the host country. In the past, the games have included cricket, ballooning and even tug of war. And in our opinion, the time is ripe for bit of the bonkers British spirit to be displayed at this year’s games.
So, what if you could include absolutely any sport?
The Adopt a Word team think it would really liven things up if we could all cheer along to:
Speed dating: points for best chat up line, dreamiest eyes and least offensive aftershave.
Crowd surfing: with 80,000 spectators, this would be nothing short of spectacular.
Pie eating: someone will need to tell St John’s Ambulance to stock up on indigestion tablets.
So now it’s your turn. Tell us what you’d like to see at this year’s games and you could win the latest Nintendo 3DS Mario & Sonic game.
To enter, all you have to do is post your suggestion as a comment below, along with your email address or Twitter user name before midday BST on 10th August 2012. Adopt a Word’s very own Games Committee will choose the sport that they would love to see most. It can be an existing peripheral sport or something a little more out of the ordinary, just as long as it isn’t smutty, illegal or unhygienic.
You can also join in the fun on Twitter @adoptaword, but don’t forget to use the hash tag #altgames
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