I’m fishing for a new Olympic sport, one that would bring us some medals
NOTICE: I can already breathe the jubilant atmosphere on the Olympic seaside podium – a potent mix of stale sweat, salt air and fish bait – as the medal-winning teams stand proudly beside their boats. The speakers explode with rousing orchestral music. Then the announcement we have all been waiting for: “The gold medal fishing team is NEW ZEALAND! The flag is hoisted and the national anthem howls in the crowd.
The four strong Kiwi teams – Karen, Rangi, Moana and Kev – bow their windswept heads to accept the gold medals, then angrily salute a flotilla of fishing friends and demons moored in the harbor with massive smiles. splitting their faces reddened by the sun.
Sports are generally considered for the Olympics if they are popular, played on four continents and in at least 75 countries. Therefore, I believe that the technical and skilled sport of fishing should be a starting point for the future Summer Olympics.
According to the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere Research (Niwa), around 600,000 New Zealanders regularly cast a line in the water, so our chances of selecting a top Olympic team must be pretty good because we are a nation full of fish.
* The 1920 Olympic Games were haunted by war and the Spanish flu pandemic
* Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021
* Let’s make it easier for small countries to host the Games again
Now it’s just a matter of ensuring that the highly coveted sport of fishing gets the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). All we have to do is create an international non-governmental organization to sort out the guts of its functioning, file a petition with the IOC and gain its support.
This includes adhering to Olympic rules which include competitors in drug tests. I don’t know of any fish taking steroids to catch fish or trout so I doubt this is a problem for our fishermen. Sport must also increase the “value and attractiveness” of the Olympic Games, and as millions upon millions of people fish, this is certainly a given.
As mentioned earlier, one of the requirements for sports to be considered for the Games is that they are “widely played across the world”, which puzzles me for some of the other competitions. I have seen more recreational fishing boats in the water here and overseas than I have ever seen synchronized swimmers. I always feel like throwing in my laundry or a life jacket while watching this form of aquatic exercise. Also – I’m not supposed to call it synchronized swimming anymore – it was renamed Artistic Swimming to try and improve its popularity.
Fishing will always be called fishing as it is such a popular sport around the world and competitors do not need to wear pliers on their noses or twirl in the glitter and chlorine. Also, I think artistic swimming is quite sexist as I haven’t seen any male athletes fidgeting in the water which, in my opinion, goes against the Games Charter.
Maybe they feel intimidated and excluded. Unlike the fishing-friendly sport, which welcomes competitors who identify as non-binary, transgender, tall, short, young, old, male and female. Speaking of which, the IOC has officially approved 18 mixed events for Tokyo this year, including track and field, swimming, table tennis, archery and triathlon. This is double the number compared to the last Olympic Games held in Rio.
The popularity of Olympic sports has obviously changed over the past 3,000 years. The first Games at Olympia were held every four years in honor of the god Geek Zeus. They included long jump, running, discus throw, boxing, and chariot races.
Historians believe their popularity waned when the Romans took control, and at the same time, earthquakes and fires may also have wreaked havoc. In 1896, the Games were revived with the first modern international Olympic Games held in Athens. New competitions such as marathon, cycling, swimming, shooting, fencing and tennis have been included.
There will be around 33 different types of sports at this year’s games in Japan. It includes a handful of new competitions such as surfing, karate and skateboarding as well as sport climbing. I have to wonder if climbing a wall hanging on little buttons like a mollusk is worthy of Olympic inclusion. I respect that it is a difficult and very physical activity, but that I associate more with the Spiderman movies or the school vacation programs for children.
Frankly, I won’t get up in the wee hours of the morning to see someone hit a ceiling. But if a Kiwi team were in the dying minutes to wind up a game fish after a fiery and long struggle on the line, that would be another story.
Such displays of strength, teamwork and skill certainly correspond to the Olympic Charter. And before some people fuss over their lines about being supposedly mean to fish, here’s what the rules of the event might look like, maybe:
A team of four, two of whom must be better fishermen – that is, women.
One boat – no more than 40 feet and maximum speed of 20 knots.
Held over two days – weather permitting. Maximum of four hours on the water each day
Rod length limited to 10 feet and no electric reel. All must be wound manually with a hook on each rod. (Lure or bait)
No electronic fish finder equipment
Day one: The biggest local fish competition. Return to base with a species of fish commonly caught off the coast, in a lake or river in the Olympic host country (in New Zealand it would likely be a snapper and sea bass in Japan).
Bring only one back and free all the others alive. The only fish returned for weighing will then be offered to local restaurants or other Olympic team kitchens.
Points will be deducted if other fish die.
Day two: Target the largest fish that can be landed legally, as approved by the IOC. Weigh and measure on the boat then release alive.
This is a different style of competition from the first and last time fishing was included in the Olympics. It was 1900 and fishermen clashed on a section of the Seine in France. They stood on the banks and threw fly lines.
There were several qualifying rounds and sixty anglers were selected for the final. It was not pursued as an Olympic sport with several other competitions including obstacle course swimming, cannon shooting, pigeon racing and firefighting. Too bad.
Ahead of this year’s Games in Tokyo, a pitch was presented to the IOC by the International Confederation of Sport Fishing to include angling on behalf of 50 million fishermen. He didn’t bite. However, I think having a more team-based boat fishing competition will be support for inclusion in the next Olympic Games which are scheduled for Paris in 2024.
The tactical, unpredictable and exciting sport of fishing aligns with the values of excellence, friendship and respect of the International Olympic Committee. It is also played by millions and millions of people around the world and may be the oldest known sport of all time.
I am extremely confident that Olympic Patrons will become addicted to the opportunity to include the world’s most famous sport, fishing, in future Games. However, if he comes out of the net by the smallest of the margins, I have suggestions to juggle a few other sports.
I would recommend ditching artistic swimming for cannon shooting or four-horse chariot racing and introducing the sport of pistol dueling, which doesn’t even need a silver medal included in the ceremony. of the winner.