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New Zealand Farmers Propose That Sheep Shearing Be Considered For Olympics

Wait. What?

Granted, there have been many off-the-wall — or at the very least, unorthodox — “athletic endeavors” which have been featured as “demonstration sports” at the Olympics over the years. For example, did you know back at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, kite-flying, cannon shooting and pigeon racing were among the many demonstration sports featured? Some have even made the transition from demonstration sport to full-fledged Olympic competition over the years, including just recently when badminton made the leap, debuting as a medal sport in 1992.

Even with that in mind, I highly doubt the powers-that-be who are in charge of such things will ever entertain allowing sheep shearing to enter the fray as a demonstration sport, let alone ever be considered an even remote possibility to become an accredited Olympics sport.

Despite these long-shot odds, the New Zealand Federated Farmers organization will soldier on (with clippers in hand, presumably), undeterred, as they try to “cut” to the chase and have their voices be heard regarding their beloved sport In fact, the lobby group released a statement Monday arguing the merits of sheep shearing as a legitimate competitive sport (via The Washington Post):

The “time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage,” the New Zealand Federated Farmers said in a statement Monday, adding that the world’s top shearers are “athletes who take it to another level.”

In light of the many roadblocks mentioned in The Post‘s article, it just doesn’t seem likely this concept will ever gain acceptance within the Olympics community. Sorry, I just don’t see the New Zealand Federated Farmers being able to pull the wool over the eyes of Olympics organizers to get them to even consider sheep shearing. Maybe I’m just being sheepish here, but the entire concept seems like a “BAAA-d” idea. But I do know of one person who might warm up to the concept: funnyman Harry Shearer.

Okay I’m done.