Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


Tournon-sur-Rhone, just north of Valence, saw a very strange disqualification in 1988 when a member of the public, intending to commit suicide, jumped off the bridge but landed on one of the rafts in the race instead. He was offered a very fine Chablis by the crew, who forgot about the rule saying that teams were limited to just four people on the raft. The whole team was thrown out of the race, but the jumper was so impressed by the wine that he entered a team in the following year’s race and came fifth.