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.


The rules of unicycle volleyball are the same as those for volleyball with two important additions – the first is that the players on each team can take four touches of the ball before it’s returned over the net; the second difference is that the wheel of the unicycle must never leave the court’s surface. This latter rule is to stop players imitating Esteban de Guzman from Mexico, who performed backwards somersaults on his unicycle at the 1967 championships. Esteban usually scored a winner with this maneuver but against Guatemala the momentum he generated carried him over the net and he landed on the Guatemalan captain, Jesus Ruiz, which caused a melee on court and increased tensions along Mexico’s border with Guatemala.