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.


Some contestants injure themselves falling out of trees due to exhaustion later in the race – in 1963 there was an argument between a date farmer and the organizers after 12 athletes decided to take dates from the same palm tree leaving the farmer with few dates. Since that race the farmer and his sons have guarded their trees during the race.

Many athletes start out with a bike on their back together with a small, waterproof rucksack containing a spare running top, a pair of thin running shoes for use on Djerba, and some power bars for sustenance. They begin wearing a stout pair of running shoes, which are used until the swimming when they are discarded. The bike is left with the organizers once the salt sea section is completed. When the contestant lands on Djerba the backpack is also left with the organizers.