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.

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Soon the local table tennis team became involved although they had to race other ping pong teams over shorter distances due to the great stamina required when using a table tennis bat to propel a kayak.

An international element was added when a boyfriend, Joaquin Torres, of one of the lady cricketers tried to use his pelota basket to propel a surfboard and found it to be quite difficult. He resolved to get a team together from his native Basque Country and challenge all comers to a race. Torres had recently taken part in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and remembered that the Tasmanian city is located on the Derwent River and has a protected deepwater harbour that is perfect for racing.