Good morning John. I love the Olympics! I Iove its internationality, I love its history, I love a chance to celebrate with friends and I like watching humans do extraordinary things! But I also have my problems with the Olympics, for example, they seem to have absolutely no idea how people currently consume media. Like we can talk about them banning gifs, we can talk about their “social media opening ceremony with Ryan Seacrest”, or we can talk about how it’s impossible to watch the Olympics on the Internet without a cable subscription, which most young people rightly recognize as a really bad investment. But I think if the Olympic Games can correctly imagine how media works right now, there’s a bigger opportunity that’s being missed. The Olympics needs to understand itself and share itself as a massively parallel viewing experience with lots – I mean tons – of different things happening all at the
same time. And with distribution and production costs dropping like a rock, I think that’s super totally possible; all they need is a ton of new, interesting and weird events. So, here are 17 (actually 16) sports that I think, absolutely 100%, should be added to the Olympic Games. Number 1: Sepak Takraw, a mind-bending game native to Southeast Asia, that’s basically volleyball, except played without hands. Every spike, volley, serve and block is done with the head, torso and legs. And this game is like 90% bicycle kicks; it’s so cool and I want it to be celebrated! Number 2: Tug-of-war. Now I know this might seem a little bit silly, but in fact, it used to be an Olympic sport a mere 100 years ago. It’s a fun team sport, with simple as dirt rules, that I frankly would love watching every four years. Number 3: Wushu. You can think of this as like gymnastics, but also fighting. Wushu is complex, and beautiful, and difficult to understand fully, but very easy to enjoy, with both combat versions and an exhibition version. Number 4: Cricket! I don’t know anything about cricket, except that it’s the second most popular game in the entire world, and it’s not in the Olympics, and that’s dumb. Number 5: Super dope secret handshakes. Number 6: I don’t really think that battle bots is exactly the thing that I want to see, but the ability to build and operate robots that destroy other robots, it’s something that I would like to see people able to get a gold medal in. It’s…..yep. Number 7: Acapella singing, which I’m probably just mentioning because Peter Hollens just released a collab video that I did with him singing Hobbit drinking songs; and it’s really great, and I’m really proud of it, and there’s a link in the description. Number 8: Kite fighting. Using kite strings coated in finely ground glass, this South Asian sport pits kite flyers against each other with the goal of cutting the other person’s kite string. This sport is popular from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Brazil. Number 9: Ultrarunning. The longest race of the Olympics right now is the marathon, at just over 26 miles; ultrarunners regularly race over a hundred miles, sometimes with huge elevation gains. It’s one of the most remarkable things that humans do. Number 10: Cheer. Now a lot of people belittle cheerleading, but it’s pretty amazing these days; and I love the idea of cheer teams cheering for entire nations, rather than just schools or sports teams. Number 11: Kabbadi. It’s kind of full contact tag. Each team takes turns having an attacker raid the other side: and they have to get in there, and touch another person on the other side, and then get back across their line without getting tackled. Number 12: Parkour, obviously . Number 13: Darts. Because it’s actually really amazing and it takes no new infrastructure. Number 14: Headis. It’s like table tennis, but with soccer balls and your head. It’s so great. Number 15: League of Legends. Because if the Olympics doesn’t get into eSports right now, they’re going to lose an entire generation. And finally number 16: Mounted archery. Because if you’ve got this and you’ve got this, then you might as well have this. Yeeaaah. There are some things about the Olympics that are necessarily old-fashioned: the pageantry and the patriotism, and I don’t think it should leave those things behind, but I do think that this wonderful and ancient tradition could do a lot to be more inclusive of the marvellous cultural diversity of our species, and thanks to modern technology, I think it can be. Also, they should let us post gifs on Tumblr and Twitter because come oooooon. John, I’ll see you on Tuesday. (awesome hobbit drinking song playing, go check it out!) “That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!” (song lyric)

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100 thoughts on “16 Sports that Should Be in the Olympics

  • June 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    Parkour would be so easy to do, too. Just take point A and point B in the host city, attach Go-Pros to the competitors, and the winner is the runner with the shortest time and the most impressive run, judged on difficulty like Gymnastics or Figure Skating.

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  • June 21, 2017 at 7:31 am
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    …and of course dodgeball isn't on this list. 🙁

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  • July 9, 2017 at 10:42 am
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    Kabaddi should should should be introduced in Olympics…..🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋😉😉😉

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  • July 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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    Bro Gaga ball

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  • July 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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    Indian Martial arts called kalaripayattu should also be included.

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  • August 4, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    ULTIMATE
    FRISBEE
    ENOUGH SAID

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  • August 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    European longsword fencing!

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  • August 6, 2017 at 4:57 am
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    Paintball🙌🏽

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  • August 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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    you should also reinstate lawn bowling

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  • August 12, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    Why not quidditch _?!?!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    MOUNTED ARCHERY YES YES YES C'MON OLYMPICS GET ON MY LEVEL

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  • September 4, 2017 at 2:32 am
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    Synchro skating!!!!!

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  • September 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    You missed out Acrobatic Gymnastics

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  • September 8, 2017 at 3:11 am
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    I can't believe you didn't mention Squash. It's the healthiest sport in the world..

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    sepak takraw has a philosophy that one day it will go to olimpic someday.. but the term for olimpic sports had to acknowledge by 150 country otherwise it can't be in olimpic.. for now, there a few country in the world that support takraw.. u should refer SEPAK TAKRAW FEDERATION (ISTAF)

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  • September 11, 2017 at 4:36 am
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    Quidditch and Roller Derby!

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  • September 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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    "Cricket"!? You'll put millions of non-fans to sleep or gunning for Olympics officials that sanctioned it. (Besides, it's a leisurely game for The Ruling Class, with commoners excluded.)

    "Darts"!? Who are you, "Norm Peterson"? Darts is for beer drinkers, who get less and less accurate as consumption rises.

    "League of Legends"? An arcade-level video game for couch potatoes!? You need to take a hike in the mountains to clear your foggy brain.;)

    "Mounted Archery," huh, look for: "Yabusame," which is about as challenging as "horse archery" gets.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf3QRc_OShE

    If "Golf" becomes an "Olympic Sport," I'm done with The Olympics forevermore. This game has a dedicated cable channel, numerous championship tournaments, etc. While "Greco-Roman Wrestling" has to compete with the "rasslers" of WWE, which features acting "Ed Wood" would have called "disgusting."

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  • September 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm
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    You're right man these sports will make Olympics more entertaining

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  • October 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    Martial arts tricking anyone?

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  • October 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm
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    Mark My Words, Gelocity with Paint Guns !

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  • October 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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    some of the sports you have mentioned are very creative, but they will be good games for Olympics for sure 🙂

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  • October 24, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    How about Muaythai
    https://youtu.be/P8b-13LDQ4Y?t=58s

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  • October 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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    Downhill skating

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  • November 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    but what about zorb-ball and sports stacking?

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  • November 4, 2017 at 4:50 am
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    Are U serious about LOL😂

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  • November 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    People from ASEAN. Stand up for respect

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  • November 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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    Go Wushu!!💪

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  • December 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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    Squash!!! Also thanks for mentioning sepak takraw.

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  • December 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    What about tricking.

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  • December 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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    I feel like if cheer is an Olympic sport than so should marching band…

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  • January 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Ultimate, because it's easily coed and already spreading to multiple countries

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  • January 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    What about martial arts tricking?

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  • January 21, 2018 at 11:17 am
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    Kabaddi kabaddi

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  • January 23, 2018 at 12:43 am
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    Can you do another one of these for the Winter Olympics?

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  • January 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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    #Cricket is our life, there are 1.6 billions spectactors of cricket only in #IndianSubcontinent "#India, #Pakistan and #Bangladesh" which is 22% of world's population. I don't know how many spectactors world wide..

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  • January 29, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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    In Western veiws cricket is 2nd most popular game but in #IndianSubcontinent cricket is like a part of religion..
    Omlypics deserved #Cricket, #Cricket_fans have no interest in omplypics..

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  • February 1, 2018 at 7:35 am
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    Muay Thai and Sepak Takraw must be in the Olympics! They are so beautiful and underrated.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    What I think should be in the olympics
    Speaktakraw (my favorite sport)
    Darts
    Ultimate free
    Cricket
    Kibaddi
    Jousting

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  • February 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    What about bowling 🎳

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  • February 25, 2018 at 9:01 am
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    Kite fighting is extremely dangerous we have to ban it every year…. People die from it's strings usaly kids

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  • February 27, 2018 at 5:22 am
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    Cricket is only the world's second most popular sport thanks to a country called India. For a sport to be in the Olympics, you should consider how many countries play them. And there aren't many countries that play cricket.

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  • March 4, 2018 at 10:57 am
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    I love your suggestion of cricket and your justification of it being the second most popular sport in the world. I personally love cricket and would love to see it in the olympics. That being said the rules can be pretty complicated to understand

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  • March 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm
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    Wheel gymnastics should be an olympic sport! It's quite unknown, but beautiful, graceful and requires strength.

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  • March 27, 2018 at 11:34 am
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    ROFL. I agree bro.

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  • April 9, 2018 at 4:44 am
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    The basic criteria for a sport is for it to be played in at least 50 countries.

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  • April 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    Sepak takraw😍😍

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  • April 14, 2018 at 8:59 am
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    yeah league of legend is better than dota2

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  • April 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm
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    THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING CHEER MY SPORT!!!

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  • April 21, 2018 at 9:28 pm
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    I like cable

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  • April 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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    Mr. Vlogbrothers don't mind , but are you mad !!! 😡
    Robot Fight , kite fighting, League of legends in Olympic ?! …this gonna never happened 😡…
    My Olympic game list : –
    1. Cricket (T20) (from your video)
    2. Kabaddi (from your video)
    3. Chess (Best brain exercising game)
    4. Carrom
    5. Pool Game
    6. Golf
    7. Bowling
    8. Iron Ball Throw
    9. Cheer Leaders (from your video , I like that)
    10. Parkour (from your video)
    11. Ultra Running (from your video)
    12. Formula 1 🚗 (Race)
    13 . Soccer Volley (from your video)
    14. Rope Game (from your video)
    15. Wushu (from your video & I like that too)
    16. Squash Tennis

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  • May 1, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    I know I'm like a year too late on making this comment but I'm still gonna say it, can airsoft get little recognition here? You could even go big with it and have milsim games be an Olympic sport.

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  • May 7, 2018 at 4:42 am
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    That kite fighting one is actually really really dangerous and has caused many deaths iirc

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  • May 8, 2018 at 1:19 am
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    I've been a big Hank fan for years, but his choice to use a hard j in gif has me rethinking the whole thing…

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  • May 15, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    Kabaddi should be in the Olympics

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  • June 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm
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    So i guess you really dont know anything about cricket, because a game of cricket goes for 5 days its a 40 hour game.

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  • June 5, 2018 at 5:54 am
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    I think instead of putting e sports in the Olympics they should creat an e sports Olympics

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  • June 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm
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    I love two/four-square but I feel like it's nostalgia talking, and table tennis and tennis already exist, so

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  • June 13, 2018 at 3:16 am
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    Hank check out belegarth

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  • June 13, 2018 at 10:06 am
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    Kabaddi & Cricket Has to be there at Olympics.. Great Sports..Humungous Viewership..Lots of money..And Tons to Explore

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  • June 16, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    3:29 The Mongols

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  • June 16, 2018 at 6:48 am
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    Yeah Sepak takraw is a dangerous games that anyone who like to play in high skill must practice heavily. Anyway, it might be not suitable for big body people in Europe and America. Size of body that fit for this games may be not more than 180 centimeter high for server 170-175 centimeter for attacker and setter and weight is not more than 60-65 kilogram for flexible in movement.

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  • June 17, 2018 at 11:17 am
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    There's absolutely no excuse for Olympics not recognizing Kabaddi as a sport.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm
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    kabaddi is very entertaining and thrilling sport

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  • July 1, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    You are right

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  • July 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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    Thailand

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  • July 17, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    We Indians are champions in Kabadi, cricket, kite fight, chess…

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  • July 20, 2018 at 1:16 am
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    God, I just wasted almost four minutes that I will never get back. The reason that the Olympics ratings are diminishing could be from the fact that people that loved the traditional events are dying off and the millennials aren't interested in the event. Those skills took years and years of blood, sweat, and tears from athletes that were passionate about winning. That is a trait that is beyond a millennials grasp. Now, if the Olympics had events like speed dialing, text messaging, and racing to a safe space, then you could attract more viewers.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    BOWLING

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  • August 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Disagree with the ESports. Yh its fun but I don't find it worthy to hv in Olympics. Also, you DIDN'T mention Squash.

    Nicol Ann David always hope this sport available for the Olympics. Previously has been suggested in London Olympic and ppl chose Wrestling. ;(

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  • August 26, 2018 at 5:55 am
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    Wht a game

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  • August 30, 2018 at 9:13 am
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    sepak takraw has and been in Olympics u ignorant!

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  • August 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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    Sepak takraw

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  • September 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm
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    If you started the cricket tournament at the opening of the Olympics, with regulation length tests. I believe the Tournament would conclude Just in time for the next Summer Olympics.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    Thank you for saying that right.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    Sepak Takraw most definitely 👌

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  • September 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    Kabadi all the way! That games amazing, and also dangerous, but amazing!

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  • October 5, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    cricket..

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  • November 4, 2018 at 6:08 am
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    Aaaaaaand cross country running races, because you can never havr to much running!!

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  • November 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    Why is baseball of all things being entered into the olympics?
    Its played in so few countries.

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  • November 11, 2018 at 12:41 am
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    What about Ultimate Frisbee ?

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  • November 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    You know what? The most things that should be in the olympics is BOTTLE FLIP!!!!!!

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  • November 30, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    sepak takraw is famous sport in asia games..

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  • December 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm
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    Olypics controlled by western world …. Sepak takraw, wushu, cricket and kabbadi. The asian big power to control this game.. How to west country get a gold medal in this game???

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  • December 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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    i think sepak takraw and mounted archery should be give a chance to enter olympics

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  • January 11, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    I saw the link in the doobley do

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  • January 31, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Yes.. sepak takraw.. yesssss.. make it happen olympic!!

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  • February 21, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Ultimate Frisbeeeeee

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  • March 5, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    KYUKUSHIN KARATE ??????

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  • March 6, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    How is gaming a sport?

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  • March 18, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Omg. Robot wars in the Olympics! And a capella singing!

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  • March 31, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    #7 'a cappella singing' from 02:03 to 02:20, where he mentions Peter Hollens

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  • April 17, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Yes your right sepak takraw shoud be in olympics because this game is so cool

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  • April 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    sepak takraw is so fun to watch because I love volleyball but this sports intensify it 10000x

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  • May 9, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    There should be a separate olympics for esports like summer Olympics and winter Olympics and it should be called e-olympics

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  • May 31, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    What about chess

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  • June 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    I would like the game " kabaddi" as a part of Olympic games ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    MMA/pankration, archery tag, jousting.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    Drum and Bugle corps Competitions. I would love to see japan and the US in the same competition.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    Love kabaddi

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  • September 20, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Accepla singing is so much fun in my choir class we did seize the day accepla it was so much fun

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