Past & Future Olympic Sports
dainik bhaskar | Jul 27, 2012, 09:30AM IST
YB! spills the beans.
Lacrosse is a team sport played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick, mainly played in the U S and Canada. The objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so.
There was only one ever croquet competition in Olympic Games history, held in 1900 in Paris. France won all events, which is not surprising as only French competitors took part. First women participation in the Olympic Games was on June 28, 1900 through this event. It was not a success with the spectators. Only one fan watched the event - an Englishman who had travelled from Nice, France especially for the occasion. No wonder we have not seen this event at the Olympics again.
Tug of war (1900-1920)
Ancient Greeks, renowned for their physical and intellectual stamina, staged their first tug in 500BC. In modern Olympic rules, a team of eight had to pull the opposition six feet to win, but if no such drama had occurred after five minutes, the side who had pulled their opponents the furthest triumphed. London 1908 saw the sport at its most intense.