Given some of the ‘marginal’ sports that are now in the Olympics (synchro diving, beach volleyball, etc), there seem to be some startling omissions from the Olympics. For instance, Golf. Why isn’t Golf an Olympic sport? It has a sanctioning body. It has international competition (the Davis Cup), and it’s been around for a long, long time. So how come it’s not in the Olympics?
Another is Karate. Karate has national sanctioning bodies like the JKF. It would seem to me that it would be an ideal sport. You could have Kata, weapons Kata, light contact and full contact sparring.
Billiards. Hey, if curling can be a sport, why not snooker? Or nine ball? Or straight pool?
‘extreme’ sports. Okay, some if not most of them are goofy. But surely there must be some that are suffiently well defined and judged that they could qualify. Water Skiing would be a natural addition.
Aerobatics. There’s a world ranking system. There are international competitions. The judging is highly evolved and standardized. It’d be a GREAT addition to the Olympics. And it’s one of the few sports where men and women compete directly against each other.