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md49vd
12 Aug 12 17:38
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its a global event, 20/20 is one of the most entertaining things ive ever seen
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Report cricnut August 12, 2012 5:40 PM BST
I Can just seem them trying to prepare cricket pitches in Brazil
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 5:42 PM BST
ive played cricket on the beach before, its different but good.
Report kincsem August 12, 2012 5:43 PM BST
A gold medal for most boring game ever.
Report judorick August 12, 2012 5:43 PM BST
20 20 is not boring
Report cricnut August 12, 2012 5:49 PM BST
Football would win that particular Gold Medal
Report cricnut August 12, 2012 5:49 PM BST
for boring games that is
Report RonnieReagan August 12, 2012 6:03 PM BST
because cricket is not insecure, and has its own events, its own Ashes and World Cups.

i dont know why golf wanted to be in it, or Rugby via 7s.

youd think the Masters and Lions Tours or whatever, would be enough.

it might be that being run by INdians now, that nation with 1/4 of the worlds populations and zero medals, the Olympic committee just laughs to themselves.

they might think, let this game in, what next?  Kabbadi?
Report Darlo Bantam August 12, 2012 9:07 PM BST
Cricket is too limited to certain countries.
Report caramba August 12, 2012 9:44 PM BST
Darlo Bantam 12 Aug 12 21:07 
Cricket is too limited to certain countries.


This.
Report Sica Dan August 12, 2012 10:07 PM BST
So how many countries are into Greco Roman wrestling?
Report Darlo Bantam August 12, 2012 10:44 PM BST
According to wiki, a sport must be widely practiced in 75 countries and four continents. No idea what widely practiced means like.
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:03 PM BST
you must be crapping me if you think there are less than 75 countries that play cricket

all of asia does it, most of africa and the majority of europe, thats probably over 200 countries there alone

eejits
Report Underpants Gnome August 12, 2012 11:07 PM BST
The majority of Europe (Netherlands excluded) has never even heard of cricket.  It's almost exclusively played by expats.
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:10 PM BST
yeah cos i mean ireland is not in europe, and neither is scotland, belgium, france, germany, italy, austria, bulgaria, estonia, finland, greece, hungary, luxembourg, malta, norway, portugal, russia, slovenia, spain, sweden and turkey

how many took part in the olympics football again?
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:11 PM BST
in fact google says there are 36 associate members and 60 affiliate members, making 96 in total
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:12 PM BST
oh and 10 full members

making 106
Report Underpants Gnome August 12, 2012 11:20 PM BST
I'm not trying to have a go at you, but having an association means little with regards to participation levels, particularly of the non-expats.

I've lived a large part of my life in Germany and the only people who had heard of cricket were those who had seen it on British or Australian TV while on holiday.  Most thought I meant croquet when I mentioned it.

New York apparently has an active league, but the participants are pretty much all expats or immigrants from cricket-playing nations.
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:24 PM BST
well its bigger than blooming handball surely
Report Underpants Gnome August 12, 2012 11:33 PM BST
Not in terms of participation in a large number of countries.  Handball is is big in most of Europe and judging by the performances in places like South Korea and Brazil, too.

Cricket is massive in a small number of countries.  The ICB applied to the IOC to be included, but didn't meet the criteria.  Sorry, not trying to be anti-cricket, but that's the current situation.

There are plenty of inconsistencies in the application of the criteria though.
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:35 PM BST
how many countries play darts?
Report nif August 12, 2012 11:37 PM BST
if it was would GB send a team? You'd get a load of Caribbean countries too, which would be good.
Report Darlo Bantam August 12, 2012 11:40 PM BST
Darts isn't in the Olympics and I doubt ever will be.
Report Underpants Gnome August 12, 2012 11:41 PM BST
No idea.  Probably very few on an organised basis.  There don't seem to be players from many nationalities on the professional circuit.

I think even the IOC would draw the line at darts despite nonsense like dressage being included.

Phil Taylor did appear in a Team GB shirt recently though.
Report caramba August 12, 2012 11:42 PM BST
Why isn't chess in the olympics?
Report md49vd August 12, 2012 11:42 PM BST
because chess is hardly a spectacle
Report caramba August 12, 2012 11:43 PM BST
Neither is dressage.

I think it'd be amusing to have a chess game in front of 20000 flag waving spectators.
Report Darlo Bantam August 12, 2012 11:44 PM BST
Chess is an IOC recognised sport; as is cricket. Darts isn't.
Report Underpants Gnome August 12, 2012 11:46 PM BST
Chess actually has an "Olympiad", which is the international team competition.  Not sure how it acquired the name.

They could play blasts of music inbetween moves like they did at just about every sport here.
Report Biscuit1979 August 14, 2012 12:43 PM BST
If T20 cricket did get in you could have:


GB, South Africa, Australia, India, Pakistan, NZ, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland, Kenya, Canada, Afghanistan then the Carribean countries like Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana

More than enough for a decent tournament and surely more countries than are bothered about handball and surely more competitive than something like table tennis where every medal seems to won by the chinese
Report md49vd August 14, 2012 8:34 PM BST
or archery where every medal is won by koreans
Report PJMASTER August 14, 2012 9:14 PM BST
The international cricket calendar is crammed enough never mind the fact that it doesn't belong in the Olympics
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