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  • Golf And Rugby Added To Olympics Beginning 2016

    Voted in today as IOC meeting ended. Can't wait to see Tiger in Olympic competition. What are the courses like in Rio bambam?

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics ... htm?csp=34
    There are no strings on me

  • #2
    Golf and Rugby were the sports that flouted the international ban on South African and apartheid that ended 20 years ago.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 7-sided
      Golf and Rugby were the sports that flouted the international ban on South African and apartheid that ended 20 years ago.
      Rugby has come a long way since then. Has learned from its mistakes and is now one of the most popular spectator sports in the world..Far more popular than either baseball or softball and is likely to be more competitive.

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      • #4
        72-hole stroke play.....

        Assuming Tiger is still Tiger in 2016, with maybe one or two flavors of the day chasing his tail, how much US TV coverage do you think will be devoted to golf for those 4 days?

        Let's hope it's during the first week.
        There are no strings on me

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        • #5
          Now if we can only get rid of ping pong and team handball. And possibly badminton.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dupontred
            Now if we can only get rid of ping pong and team handball. And possibly badminton.
            So you'd be against adding darts in 2020?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dupontred
              Now if we can only get rid of ping pong and team handball. And possibly badminton.
              I prefer all of those to the made-for-tv "sports" like rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming. Of course, as tv is the source of the revenue that keeps the Olympics going, you're not going to see either of those eliminated from the Games.

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              • #8
                any news on what was dropped??

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by az2004
                  any news on what was dropped??
                  race-walking?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dupontred
                    Now if we can only get rid of ping pong and team handball. And possibly badminton.
                    Table tennis: most popular in a nation of 1.31 billion people. Badminton: most popular in nations of 1.03 billion and 206 million people. And in all three nation, TVs are becoming more common. Those sports are staying for the long haul.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by az2004
                      any news on what was dropped??
                      Recall that baseball lost its mandate.

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                      • #12
                        Adding golf is as bad as adding baseball was. I simple rule for inclusion should be to consider the importance of an Olympic title. If the Olympic title is not the most prestigious honor in sports, it doesn't belong at the games.

                        Gymnastics, swimming, track and field, figure skating are some sports that qualify.

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                        • #13
                          Under that rule Soccer needs to go. As does Rugby.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mighty Favog
                            Originally posted by dupontred
                            Now if we can only get rid of ping pong and team handball. And possibly badminton.
                            Table tennis: most popular in a nation of 1.31 billion people. Badminton: most popular in nations of 1.03 billion and 206 million people. And in all three nation, TVs are becoming more common. Those sports are staying for the long haul.
                            Yeah, but no matter how big the population of a country it is still just ONE country. If only a handful of countries view the sport as important or popular why continue to have it?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Daisy
                              Under that rule Soccer needs to go. As does Rugby.
                              Once 7s is added to the Olympics, any chances it will become the most important title in that sport?

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