2012 Olympics: 10 Sports That Must Be Added to Future Summer Games

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2012 Olympics: 10 Sports That Must Be Added to Future Summer Games
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The London Olympic Games feature 32 different sports and 302 unique medal-worthy events.

The modern Olympics certainly resemble nothing of the ancient Olympic Games. For starters, all the athletes wear clothes in the modern Games (please remember for every volleyball comment you can think of, there is an equal opportunity for a shot-put joke—you are welcome for THAT mental image).

The evolution of sports from the ancient Olympics to the modern Summer Games has been extraordinary. Could the ancient Greeks have ever imagined synchronized diving or table tennis? Can you imagine trying to explain BMX Supercross to Socrates?

As the Games move on from one generation to the next, the International Olympic Committee must look at which sports best represent the current athletic climate. It's important to hold on to the traditional Olympic events, but that should not come at the expense of including more popular sports in future Games.

The 2016 Olympics in Rio will include a few new sports that aren't in London: rugby sevens, golf and kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, which will replace windsurfing.

Still, there could be more. Here is a look at some events the IOC must consider for future Summer Olympics.

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