Despite being one of the longest-standing and most popular sports in the UK, cricket has never made its way onto the Olympic roster.
Yup, there are 28 sports that'll be covered in this year's games, including kayaking, volleyball, and archery. Two new sports were re-added to the games this year: golf and rugby, so have fun watching those.
All of the above!
It turns out that all four sports have never actually been a part of official Olympic competition, but have instead been ~demonstrated~ at the games.
While the triathlon sounds like a really old-timey sport, it was actually only recognized as an Olympic sport in 1994 and introduced to the games during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Tennis was a part of the Olympics from 1896 to 1924 and then reintroduced to the games in 1988.
Great Britain's won a medal at every summer games so far.
Believe it or not, karate has never been a part of the Olympic competition. It's slated to possibly be a demonstration sport in 2020, but has yet to make it in. Lacrosse is no longer a part of Olympic competition, and golf and dressage are still summer games sports.
Surfing has yet to make the cut for the official games, in part because it's difficult for the Olympics to guarantee that there'll be a suitable place to hold a competition near future host city locations.
Okay, so yes, tug-of-war was an official part of the track-and-field series of Olympic events from 1900 to 1920. Seems like it could be fun to bring back, no?
BoxingTrack & FieldPentathlonEquestrian sportsWrestlingFencing
The ancient Olympics featured boxing, equestrian events (including chariot racing and riding), the pentathlon, wrestling, and running, along with a sport called pankration. Pankration was an ancient fighting sport with few rules, similar to MMA. Fencing was a part of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896.
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