Now that Rio 2016 is over, it is time to look back at earlier editions of the Olympic Games when stranger sports where on the menu. Unfortunately for us, the Olympic Committee worked hard to eliminate any source of amusement, leaving us with sports we all know and get bored seeing year after year.
Dangerous, bloody, or plain silly, it is impossible for us to understand why someone would give a medal for winners in those sports. As far as we are able to see, the first editions of the Olympic Games where rather experimental.
With golf back in the Olympic family, we can also hope the guys at the CIO understand the importance of traditions and nostalgia. What better way to symbolize the longevity and success of the Olympic spirit than by bringing back an old flame.
The Tug-of-War might sound as the kind of game you played during summer camp, but it managed to be present at the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920. Eight man were pulling the rope on each side and victory was awarded to those able to pull six feet of rope on their side.
The United Kingdom was particularly successful at this former Olympic event and they won two golds and a silver medal. The Antwerp Games was the swansong of the Tug-of-War, although we are left with less formal backgrounds for the tradition to continue.
Tug-of-War is notorious for producing funny slips and for making men’s hands look suspicious. Do you regret missing the chance to see this on your flat Ultra HD TV? Create a petition to your National Olympic Committee and chances are you will be the force behind the biggest comeback in sports history.