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London Olympics: Which bizarre event could you do without? [Poll]

August 07, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Carl Hester of Great Britain, riding Uthopia, competes in the team dressage grand prix special at Greenwich Park on Tuesday.
Carl Hester of Great Britain, riding Uthopia, competes in the team dressage… (Alex Livesey / Getty Images )

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And one more question: Why in the world is softball no longer an Olympic sport?

I really don't want to offend anyone — more likely, I'm just showing my ignorance — but there really seems to be some bizarre sports in the Summer Olympics. Walking? Dressage? Synchronized anything?

Yet as columnist Philip Hersh points out on The Times' website, softball was eliminated as an Olympic sport following the 2008 Games even though it is played competitively in 127 countries.

Everyone knows the rules to softball. A lot of us have played in leagues. Little League and college championships are televised nationally. Seems like it would have a lot of viewer appeal if it was brought back to the Olympics.

We can easily make room for softball by eliminating one of the more obscure events. Which one should we get rid of? Well, that's up to you. Please vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.


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