Sir Rols Posted August 31, 2012 Report Share Posted August 31, 2012 Not a global sport? It's a huge Commonwealth sport, and in Australia, NZ and a swagger of other C'wealth and non-C'wealth regions like South Africa, HK and parts of Europe is even as popular as Basketball itself. While basketball is bigger due to the American interest, I'd argue Netball reaches as many nations. Should it be an Olympic sport? Depends. It's not as sexy as basketball, and is well served by the Commonwealth Games, but there is no reason why it shouldn't. It is a global sport. I think people confuse "not big in North America" with "it's not global". I don't necessarily think Netball should be at the Olympic (I think the CWGs is the right fit and right showcase for it), but I agree, I do think many North Americans underestimate its popularity, reach and spread. Just as, conversly, they tend to overestimate baseball's reach. As for Olympic sports,I'd like to see Skateboarding, Karate, Polo and Rugby 7's included. (as the latter is in 2016). Interesting selections. I'd be all for skateboarding (I do like the newer sports like BMX and ski-cross they've been introducing) but probably prefer in-line skating ahead of it. Sooooo glad that Rugby 7s is in now, it's such a great format tailor made for events like the CWGs and SOGs). Polo? I won't hold my breath for it to return to the games, but I wouldn't necessarily be against it. Anything with horses in it is good by me! Karate would be fine, but IMO it would need to replace either Taekwando or Judo. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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