2016 Olympics: 5 Sports That Need to Get Added to the Summer Games

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2016 Olympics: 5 Sports That Need to Get Added to the Summer Games
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Now that the 2012 Summer Olympics are officially underway, sports fans the world over eagerly await the actual competition to get going in earnest. The current format for the Olympics consist of 28 sports and many fans of the Olympics—myself included—don't think that is enough.

Sports fans being greedy? Who could have imagined such a thing?

But in all seriousness, there is room for expansion at the Olympics. When researching material for this article, I discovered that for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) found themselves two sports short with just 26 actually on the docket.

So, the IOC opened up bidding to fill those two spots. Ultimately, rugby and golf won the right to be included in the 2016 Summer Olympics (ESPN) , beating out sports such as baseball, squash, wake boarding and roller sports (Wikipedia).

Some of those sports seem like head-scratchers. Wake boarding? Roller sports? Don't get me wrong. I am not being critical of those sports at all. And they would both produce some great Olympic moments if they were added.

But, I came up with five sports that I feel deserve consideration for inclusion at the 2016 Olympics—or beyond. Some of them, like golf and rugby, were once a part of the Games and deserve to be brought back. Others have not yet had the opportunity to be included.

Here then are five sports that need to get added to the Olympics.

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