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 smash return contest is also played with the same gutter around the singles court. The national coach of the Indonesian team smashes the shuttle at each contestant twenty times in a row and the returner has to try and place the shuttlecock in the gutter, scoring three points for doing so with a bonus of five points for returning all 20 into the gutter. Again there are five rounds of returning. No one has ever landed all 20 returns in the gutter in one round; indeed only one person, Eddie Hadinata, has scored 19 – this happened in the third round of the 2007 competition.