Game on! Bowling should be an Olympic sport By Paul Lukas

    08/20/08

    United States

    Republished courtesy of ESPN - United States (Aug. 15, 2008)

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    Throughout the Olympics, Page 2 writers (on ESPN.com) will argue the merits of including various sports in the Games.

    To qualify as an Olympic sport, an activity must be "widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents, and by women in at least 40 countries and on three continents," according to Olympics officials. In other words, participation matters.

    So you'd think the sport with the second-highest rate of participation in the world would be a shoo-in for Olympic medal recognition, right?

    Nope. Bowling, which is practiced by over 100 million people in over 100 countries, has never gained official Olympic sanction (it was an exhibition sport in Seoul in 1988, but that's the closest it's come). That needs to change….

    Read the full article and vote for Bowling as an Olympic Sport here.