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.


Herbie Jones conditioning for the 1971 race obviously worked as he won again in 5 hours and 46 minutes. 350 people entered the race and 39 finished despite a small crash on the outskirts of Ounagha when a contestant landed on a small rock and was pitched sideways into four other racers; despite their bruises they all continued with the race.

The biggest accident was in 1976 when a donkey carrying firewood saw another donkey on the other side of the road and headed towards it to attack; the donkey knocked over a dozen people with its firewood, three of whom had to go to hospital for concussion-related injuries.