At every Olympic Games the host nation is allowed to introduce a sport, some of which are accepted into the games as permanent fixtures and others of which one never hears of again at international level.
The suggestion has been made that we should introduce Morris Dancing at the 2012 Olympics.
But thinking about the governments attempts to moderate our drinking behaviour it struck me that they continually make a serious error of judgement, where the government thinks we drink for the social benefit, many regular drinkers see it as a competitive sport.
An ability to hold ones ale is an attribute much sought after, along with being the last man staggering, but at least technically not comatose, whilst one’s drinking buddies lie scattered under the table.
Conversely those of a less robust constitution are derided as wimps, “half a pint and he’s legless”.
The ability to imbibe a veritable cocktail of liquors is also much admired, as is the ownership of a metabolism and digestive system that can cope with the exotic hangover cures, raw egg and chili or a good old fashioned English fry up ( including black pudding).
So there we have it, a new sport for the Olympics. There is a huge pool of talent just waiting to start subsidised training, to bring itself up to scratch in what would be an intensely competitive discipline.
Events could include;
the 8 pint dash
the spirit chase
the tequila shot put
the marathon pub crawl
the javelin throw up
I predict a glut of medals for the English competitors, with the ladettes out-shining the lads and we could probably even field a decent under 16 team.
European championship of beer On the spot reports on the action from Boggart Blog’s sports team.