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.


In the smashing event the contestant has to smash twenty shuttlecocks from mid-court back over the net in one minute. A small two-inch wide gutter is laid around the edge of the singles court and for each shuttle landing in the gutter the contestant receives 2 points – if all 20 shuttles land in the gutter the smasher receives 5 bonus points. There are five rounds of smashing and the person with the most points wins. Rexy Kido has won this contest most often with 7 wins between 2000 and 2012 including a record score of 191 in 2004 – his approach is straightforward: “The most important aspect is accuracy not speed – there’s no point in hitting a 160mph smash if you hit it at someone’s racquet – I’d rather hit a 130mph smash on the line, where the player has to reach to play their shot and can’t really control their shot too much.”