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SamthepigmanIconStrongman at the Olympics26-07-2021 @ 17:01 
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Is there any reason strongman isn't actually an Olympic sport?

As far as I can see after a rough scan through the internet there's not actually a reason for it not to be?
jtIcon...26-07-2021 @ 17:13 
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Has a governing body ever tried to get it in? I very much doubt it.

non standardised equipment or events.

Referees would probably need better eyesight

WADA

I think skateboarding or Breakdancing has a better chance of getting in
SamthepigmanIcon...26-07-2021 @ 17:55 
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Post Edited: 26.07.2021 @ 17:59 PM by Samthepigman
jt said:Has a governing body ever tried to get it in? I very much doubt it.

non standardised equipment or events.

Referees would probably need better eyesight

WADA

I think skateboarding or Breakdancing has a better chance of getting in


Skateboarding is already in the Olympics

Not sure about breakdancing

EDIT: It turns out breakdancing is now an Olympic sport. Official name *Breaking*
PeteHodgsonIcon...26-07-2021 @ 18:04 
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Samthepigman said:
Skateboarding is already in the Olympics
Not sure about breakdancing
EDIT: It turns out breakdancing is now an Olympic sport. Official name *Breaking*


Iím gonna hazard a guess that JT was aware of that. :-)
PeteHodgsonIcon...26-07-2021 @ 18:04 
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Samthepigman said:
Skateboarding is already in the Olympics
Not sure about breakdancing
EDIT: It turns out breakdancing is now an Olympic sport. Official name *Breaking*


Iím gonna hazard a guess that JT was aware of that. :-)
SamthepigmanIcon...26-07-2021 @ 18:12 
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PeteHodgson said:
Iím gonna hazard a guess that JT was aware of that. :-)


Ye, I did think afterwards he probably did.

Sometimes his sarcasm slips past me.

But I genuinely can't see much reason why it's not
jtIcon...26-07-2021 @ 18:54 
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Samthepigman said:
Ye, I did think afterwards he probably did.
Sometimes his sarcasm slips past me.
But I genuinely can't see much reason why it's not


Firstly you need a governing body who actually attempt to get the sport into the olympics, it takes a lot of work and a lot of hoop jumping to even be considered. IPF have been trying to get in for years.

Can you imagine any governing body being prepared to take on the work involved?

Is there a governing body?

In principle it could be in BUT you would need to have a standard set of events with standardised equipment AND bonefide referees judging to an agreed standard

Plus the WADA standards,

I can't see it happening in the near future
SamthepigmanIcon...26-07-2021 @ 19:18 
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I think you are either forgetting or unaware of the BNSF (British natural strongman federation) who govern the tested side of British strongman and WHEA (world heavy events association) who govern the overall world associations

I've messaged the person who runs BNSF, so will update if he gives any kind of reasoning. Just curious.
KevC86Icon...26-07-2021 @ 19:26 
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Samthepigman said:I think you are either forgetting or unaware of the BNSF (British natural strongman federation) who govern the tested side of British strongman and WHEA (world heavy events association) who govern the overall world associations

I've messaged the person who runs BNSF, so will update if he gives any kind of reasoning. Just curious.


You've already got your answers sadly.

Lack of drive from governing bodies, such as they are.
Lack of standards kit/events.

You cannot have an Olympic event in which people do not use the same kit worldwide, or competitions don't even have the same events/standard.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...26-07-2021 @ 20:59 
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jt said:
you would need to have a standard set of events with standardised equipment


^I don't think I'd want it in the Olympics because of this. Strongman should be varied and not standardised to that degree.
WiganIcon...26-07-2021 @ 21:12 
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To be an Olympic sport it also has to have participation in x number of countries worldwide.
SamthepigmanIcon...26-07-2021 @ 21:35 
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Wigan said:To be an Olympic sport it also has to have participation in x number of countries worldwide.


The Olympic Charter indicates that in order to be accepted, a sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents
LessThanLukeIcon...26-07-2021 @ 22:26 
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Samthepigman said:
The Olympic Charter indicates that in order to be accepted, a sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents

And how many countries compete in the Natty Worlds. Like 3?
macrothIcon...27-07-2021 @ 09:03 
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One thing about the federation issue is that it while the international federation would have to be recognized at the OIC level, there also needs to be a corresponding national entity recognized by each country's national Olympic committee/ministry of sports (in 75/40 countries, apparently). We're a long way off from that, whether we're talking about WHEA or any other fed. And obviously that's not enough, as the IPF has proven.

I'm not sure if everything would have to be hyperstandardized. Comparable sports like decathlon and weightlifting are obviously extremely standardized, but you can have a massive rulebook and reams of specifications and still not be 100% standardized (snow sports, triathlon, cycling/MTB...). You could use IFSA specs for the log, yoke, etc. maybe, but as long as every competitor uses the same equipment on the day, I'm not even sure that would be an issue. Obviously you couldn't do it WSM-style with different groups having different events.
WiganIcon...27-07-2021 @ 10:30 
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I'll go out on a limb and say it will never happen, and to think there is a slim chance it ever will is wishful thinking in the extreme.

No recognised world body, no National Governing Bodies, no standardisation, not widespread enough participation worldwide, and not least that if the sport were to adhere to WADA rules then i would guess that none of the current names in the sport would be around, at least not in the form they are now, if they even stuck around

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