Fire Up the Torch: New Sports Vie For Olympic Inclusion

Softball? Squash? Golf? What should be a medal sport?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The 2016 Olympics are already heating up. Seven candidates — baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby sevens, softball and squash — are vying for a place at the games from 2016 onward. To find out how the process is going, The Takeaway is joined by Don Porter, the President of the Softball Federation, who is in Lausanne, Switzerland, to pitch his sport to the IOC. Also joining the discussion is Dave Zirin, sportswriter for The Nation and author of People's History of Sports in the United States, for his take on the Olympics.

"The amount of corruption scandals that the IOC has been involved in over the years would make an Illinois politician wince."
— Sports writer Dave Zirin on choosing a new Olympic sport

Guests:

Don Porter and Dave Zirin

Hosted by:

Femi Oke

Contributors:

Melissa Locker

Comments [1]

a. hammagaadji

There are already too many sports that are included in Olympic competition but shouldn't. [curling, rhythmic gymastics] It's become bloated and unwieldy. And I sucpect most of the new sports are shoved in by the US. Just because a handful of twentysomethings in America invent a new twist on skiing should not make it eligible for the Olympics. Volleyball, beach volleyball. What's next? Mud volleyball? Ice tennis? The schronised pole vault? Is that ridiculous? It already is.

Jun. 17 2009 10:15 AM

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