View Full Version : Olympics fail to inspire teens to try sport

Jun. 22, 2011, 08:12 PM
Or perhaps teens are just too jaded to get inspired by large-scale corruption and bribery schemes that masquerade as a two-week venue for sporting glory.

London 2012 Olympics: British youth not inspired by Games, survey shows (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/8588728/London-2012-Olympics-British-youth-not-inspired-by-Games-survey-shows.html)

The survey says 12 per cent of teenagers are very excited and 37 per cent are a little excited by the Games, but more than half say they are not really bothered or don't care about the Games at all.

Back in 2005 the London bid team centred its pitch around inspiring young people. "Choose London today and you send a clear message to the youth of the world. It is a decision about which city will help us show a new generation why Olympic sport matters," Lord Sebastian Coe told the IOC back in 2005.

Keep in mind that the projected budget was £2 billion. The most recent assessment puts it at £9.3 billion, which is about $15 billion US. This at a time when the UK government is slashing budgets for social and health services (but, curiously, still finding the funds to wage war on whoever, whenever).

But this was my favorite part of the article:

Sports that the teenagers were keen to try out were archery (27 per cent), swimming (16), athletics (15.3), badminton (15.1), football (14.4), shooting (12), basketball (12).

The sport of modern pentathlon was the least popular sport with only one per cent of teenagers interested in giving it a go.

Archery? No love for eventing or equestrian? What's with these kids today?

Is it time to make yabusame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D4t2k-Joc0) an Olympic sport?


Jun. 22, 2011, 08:36 PM
Archery is the least physical of all the sports listed. You can be a couch potato and compete in archery.

And perhaps, but not likely, British young people have a racial memory of their past--Robin Hood and all that. they probably wouldn't think of Crecy and Agincourt, but Robin Hood????

Fact is the whole Western World isn't doing sport much these days. We're all nations of spectators watching gladiators. Bread and circuses?

They still do mounted archery in Mongolia; and jousting in Maryland. Gotta keep the mounted military tradition alive in the twentieth first century.