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    As if the Olympics aren't already too big...
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    there is a move on going to get snooker included in Paris '24. Seems like quite a few folks are hell bent on making OG's a true circus.
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    Snooker would be great to add...
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    The Olympics are already skewed towards sports that rich countries dominate. In fact quite often, to excel at an Olympic sport, you have to come from a wealthy family in a wealthy country. The exception to this is where government funded programs exist.

    Meanwhile sports like boxing that are typically for the working class are being diminished. They have already eliminated two weight classes from boxing. If they add snooker they might be looking to diminish another working class sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mungo man View Post
    The Olympics are already skewed towards sports that rich countries dominate. In fact quite often, to excel at an Olympic sport, you have to come from a wealthy family in a wealthy country. The exception to this is where government funded programs exist.

    Meanwhile sports like boxing that are typically for the working class are being diminished. They have already eliminated two weight classes from boxing. If they add snooker they might be looking to diminish another working class sport.
    mungoman is right, to a degree, but boxing is on the way out because of corruption in the IF - AIBA. Also, it makes no sense to have a "sport" in the Olympics whose primary goal is to cause a traumatic brain injury.

    If I could pick one sport for Olympic inclusion, and it would not be a rich man's sport, nor would it be Eurocentric, it would be sepak takraw. If you haven't seen it, watch some youtube videos. Amazing sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mungo man View Post
    The Olympics are already skewed towards sports that rich countries dominate. In fact quite often, to excel at an Olympic sport, you have to come from a wealthy family in a wealthy country. The exception to this is where government funded programs exist.

    Meanwhile sports like boxing that are typically for the working class are being diminished. They have already eliminated two weight classes from boxing. If they add snooker they might be looking to diminish another working class sport.
    Snooker is a working class sport.... the number one player in the world, Ronnie O'Sullivan, isn't exactly of upper class gentry....

    "His parents Ronald John O'Sullivan and Maria O'Sullivan (née Catalano) ran a string of sex shops in Soho. O'Sullivan's father was jailed in 1992 for murder, after stabbing father-of-two Bruce Bryan, and released 18 years later."

    Snooker is also big in Asia, especially China, which is why it might be included.

    Anyways I can't get too excited about which sports should or shouldn't be in.....the Olympics are pretty much a financial and environmental disaster wherever they are held.... especially for the working class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedoorknobbroke View Post
    there is a move on going to get snooker included in Paris '24. Seems like quite a few folks are hell bent on making OG's a true circus.
    As it is pretty much a circus now, snooker seems a minor sideshow.

    But what we really should be advocating for is the addition of an actual circus. Why not? Just round up some judges from the other sports, and go for it.
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    Exactly....bring on the Elephants...

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    It used to be said in the UK that if you were good at playing snooker that it was a sign of a misspent youth. Presumably because of spending many hours in snooker halls and clubs rather than studying, working or learning a trade.

    In about 40 years of being aware of the game, the number of IOC members who have produced world-class players does seem fairly small. I can think of the UK, Ireland, Malta, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, South Africa and Canada. You have to go back to the 80s for those last two.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan by the way is a keen recreational runner. Apparently, his best road 10k is 39:15.
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    Or send in the clowns.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickstat View Post
    It used to be said in the UK that if you were good at playing snooker that it was a sign of a misspent youth. Presumably because of spending many hours in snooker halls and clubs rather than studying, working or learning a trade.

    In about 40 years of being aware of the game, the number of IOC members who have produced world-class players does seem fairly small. I can think of the UK, Ireland, Malta, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, South Africa and Canada. You have to go back to the 80s for those last two.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan by the way is a keen recreational runner. Apparently, his best road 10k is 39:15.
    It's a very difficult game....I've been following for a couple of decades now and use to play billiards a lot and then some snooker while at Nottingham...our faculty club had a regulation table. It's not so much potting balls but getting the white ball in place for the next shot that is the key. And doing safeties correctly.

    I don't think the U.S. has ever had a decent player.

    O'Sullivan mentions his running sometimes in interviews....that's a decent time.
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