16 Sports that Should Be in the Olympics

November 11, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 57 Comments

16 Sports that Should Be in the Olympics

Good morning John. I love the Olympics! I Iove its internationality, I love its history, I love a chance to celebrate with friends and I like watching humans do extraordinary things! But I also have my problems with the Olympics, for example, they seem to have absolutely no idea how people currently consume media. Like we can talk about them banning gifs, we can talk about their “social media opening ceremony with Ryan Seacrest”, or we can talk about how it’s impossible to watch the Olympics on the Internet without a cable subscription, which most young people rightly recognize as a really bad investment. But I think if the Olympic Games can correctly imagine how media works right now, there’s a bigger opportunity that’s being missed. The Olympics needs to understand itself and share itself as a massively parallel viewing experience with lots – I mean tons – of different things happening all at the
same time. And with distribution and production costs dropping like a rock, I think that’s super totally possible; all they need is a ton of new, interesting and weird events. So, here are 17 (actually 16) sports that I think, absolutely 100%, should be added to the Olympic Games. Number 1: Sepak Takraw, a mind-bending game native to Southeast Asia, that’s basically volleyball, except played without hands. Every spike, volley, serve and block is done with the head, torso and legs. And this game is like 90% bicycle kicks; it’s so cool and I want it to be celebrated! Number 2: Tug-of-war. Now I know this might seem a little bit silly, but in fact, it used to be an Olympic sport a mere 100 years ago. It’s a fun team sport, with simple as dirt rules, that I frankly would love watching every four years. Number 3: Wushu. You can think of this as like gymnastics, but also fighting. Wushu is complex, and beautiful, and difficult to understand fully, but very easy to enjoy, with both combat versions and an exhibition version. Number 4: Cricket! I don’t know anything about cricket, except that it’s the second most popular game in the entire world, and it’s not in the Olympics, and that’s dumb. Number 5: Super dope secret handshakes. Number 6: I don’t really think that battle bots is exactly the thing that I want to see, but the ability to build and operate robots that destroy other robots, it’s something that I would like to see people able to get a gold medal in. It’s…..yep. Number 7: Acapella singing, which I’m probably just mentioning because Peter Hollens just released a collab video that I did with him singing Hobbit drinking songs; and it’s really great, and I’m really proud of it, and there’s a link in the description. Number 8: Kite fighting. Using kite strings coated in finely ground glass, this South Asian sport pits kite flyers against each other with the goal of cutting the other person’s kite string. This sport is popular from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Brazil. Number 9: Ultrarunning. The longest race of the Olympics right now is the marathon, at just over 26 miles; ultrarunners regularly race over a hundred miles, sometimes with huge elevation gains. It’s one of the most remarkable things that humans do. Number 10: Cheer. Now a lot of people belittle cheerleading, but it’s pretty amazing these days; and I love the idea of cheer teams cheering for entire nations, rather than just schools or sports teams. Number 11: Kabbadi. It’s kind of full contact tag. Each team takes turns having an attacker raid the other side: and they have to get in there, and touch another person on the other side, and then get back across their line without getting tackled. Number 12: Parkour, obviously . Number 13: Darts. Because it’s actually really amazing and it takes no new infrastructure. Number 14: Headis. It’s like table tennis, but with soccer balls and your head. It’s so great. Number 15: League of Legends. Because if the Olympics doesn’t get into eSports right now, they’re going to lose an entire generation. And finally number 16: Mounted archery. Because if you’ve got this and you’ve got this, then you might as well have this. Yeeaaah. There are some things about the Olympics that are necessarily old-fashioned: the pageantry and the patriotism, and I don’t think it should leave those things behind, but I do think that this wonderful and ancient tradition could do a lot to be more inclusive of the marvellous cultural diversity of our species, and thanks to modern technology, I think it can be. Also, they should let us post gifs on Tumblr and Twitter because come oooooon. John, I’ll see you on Tuesday. (awesome hobbit drinking song playing, go check it out!) “That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!” (song lyric)

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  1. Serafine Chao


  2. Rusty Ralston

    I like cable

  3. Man in Blue

    Mr. Vlogbrothers don't mind , but are you mad !!! 😡
    Robot Fight , kite fighting, League of legends in Olympic ?! …this gonna never happened 😡…
    My Olympic game list : –
    1. Cricket (T20) (from your video)
    2. Kabaddi (from your video)
    3. Chess (Best brain exercising game)
    4. Carrom
    5. Pool Game
    6. Golf
    7. Bowling
    8. Iron Ball Throw
    9. Cheer Leaders (from your video , I like that)
    10. Parkour (from your video)
    11. Ultra Running (from your video)
    12. Formula 1 🚗 (Race)
    13 . Soccer Volley (from your video)
    14. Rope Game (from your video)
    15. Wushu (from your video & I like that too)
    16. Squash Tennis

  4. Noble MChief117

    I know I'm like a year too late on making this comment but I'm still gonna say it, can airsoft get little recognition here? You could even go big with it and have milsim games be an Olympic sport.

  5. MrJamhamm

    That kite fighting one is actually really really dangerous and has caused many deaths iirc

  6. jimbobisme

    I've been a big Hank fan for years, but his choice to use a hard j in gif has me rethinking the whole thing…


    Kabaddi should be in the Olympics

  8. Nawjogh school

    So i guess you really dont know anything about cricket, because a game of cricket goes for 5 days its a 40 hour game.

  9. canadianbacon1199

    I think instead of putting e sports in the Olympics they should creat an e sports Olympics

  10. DrManiac

    I love two/four-square but I feel like it's nostalgia talking, and table tennis and tennis already exist, so

  11. Emma Carrillo

    Hank check out belegarth

  12. vivek sharma

    Kabaddi & Cricket Has to be there at Olympics.. Great Sports..Humungous Viewership..Lots of money..And Tons to Explore

  13. Gaurav Mishra

    3:29 The Mongols

  14. daniel brown

    Yeah Sepak takraw is a dangerous games that anyone who like to play in high skill must practice heavily. Anyway, it might be not suitable for big body people in Europe and America. Size of body that fit for this games may be not more than 180 centimeter high for server 170-175 centimeter for attacker and setter and weight is not more than 60-65 kilogram for flexible in movement.

  15. Shubham DG

    There's absolutely no excuse for Olympics not recognizing Kabaddi as a sport.

  16. sangam bisen

    kabaddi is very entertaining and thrilling sport


    You are right

  18. I'm fine


  19. NJ Rocks Assam

    We Indians are champions in Kabadi, cricket, kite fight, chess…

  20. fiddlefaddle

    God, I just wasted almost four minutes that I will never get back. The reason that the Olympics ratings are diminishing could be from the fact that people that loved the traditional events are dying off and the millennials aren't interested in the event. Those skills took years and years of blood, sweat, and tears from athletes that were passionate about winning. That is a trait that is beyond a millennials grasp. Now, if the Olympics had events like speed dialing, text messaging, and racing to a safe space, then you could attract more viewers.

  21. jeremy teeuwen


  22. NurFarrah Soda

    Disagree with the ESports. Yh its fun but I don't find it worthy to hv in Olympics. Also, you DIDN'T mention Squash.

    Nicol Ann David always hope this sport available for the Olympics. Previously has been suggested in London Olympic and ppl chose Wrestling. ;(

  23. Sourav Biswas

    Wht a game

  24. Zdikki Anjaya

    sepak takraw has and been in Olympics u ignorant!

  25. El Hafiz

    Sepak takraw

  26. Jeff Cole

    If you started the cricket tournament at the opening of the Olympics, with regulation length tests. I believe the Tournament would conclude Just in time for the next Summer Olympics.

  27. Mikhail Galatinov

    Thank you for saying that right.

  28. MissMiia

    Sepak Takraw most definitely 👌

  29. crazycolbster

    Kabadi all the way! That games amazing, and also dangerous, but amazing!



  31. Josh R.

    Aaaaaaand cross country running races, because you can never havr to much running!!

  32. kris220b

    Why is baseball of all things being entered into the olympics?
    Its played in so few countries.

  33. Kevin McFly

    What about Ultimate Frisbee ?

  34. Muiz Fikri

    You know what? The most things that should be in the olympics is BOTTLE FLIP!!!!!!

  35. Burger Steel

    sepak takraw is famous sport in asia games..

  36. alfonso de albuquerque

    Olypics controlled by western world …. Sepak takraw, wushu, cricket and kabbadi. The asian big power to control this game.. How to west country get a gold medal in this game???

  37. Shazry Azman

    i think sepak takraw and mounted archery should be give a chance to enter olympics

  38. Harrison Scott

    I saw the link in the doobley do

  39. Ameerul Aqmal Malek

    Yes.. sepak takraw.. yesssss.. make it happen olympic!!

  40. Wenyi Guo

    Ultimate Frisbeeeeee

  41. Indrini Mazumder



    How is gaming a sport?

  43. Px828

    Omg. Robot wars in the Olympics! And a capella singing!

  44. Robin Pierce

    #7 'a cappella singing' from 02:03 to 02:20, where he mentions Peter Hollens

  45. Gani tv

    Yes your right sepak takraw shoud be in olympics because this game is so cool

  46. Jonathan Aplacador

    sepak takraw is so fun to watch because I love volleyball but this sports intensify it 10000x

  47. Saurabh Shetty

    There should be a separate olympics for esports like summer Olympics and winter Olympics and it should be called e-olympics

  48. Rowan Nel

    What about chess


    I would like the game " kabaddi" as a part of Olympic games ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  50. Paweł Andonis Gawralidis Dobrzański herbu Leliwa.

    MMA/pankration, archery tag, jousting.

  51. House Panther53

    Drum and Bugle corps Competitions. I would love to see japan and the US in the same competition.

  52. Pranjwal Verma

    Love kabaddi

  53. SirDrake Stone

    Accepla singing is so much fun in my choir class we did seize the day accepla it was so much fun

  54. Family Williams

    The problem with tug of war…. it's killed people… literally…

  55. Mallanna Malleda

    Kabbadi should be in Olympic

  56. Shamil Najar

    It is fun, its acrobatic, its kicking rattan, (sepak takraw) , my fun time

  57. Jerry Eskridge

    What about dance and step,Video Games,Cheerleading group individual,Chess, Dog Frisby,Auto Racing, American Football,Qudditch, laser Tag,

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