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 drop shot competition is the most delicate event and is played over five rounds. Again a gutter is used, this time three inches wide and situated six inches from the net. The gutter extends across the width of the singles court. Each player has one minute to try and land twenty shuttles into the gutter, ten from the short service line and ten from the singles long service line. Players take alternate shots from the short and long service lines, so fitness is of paramount importance. The shuttles are thrown at head height by a drop shot judge. Each shuttle landing in the gutter scores two points for the player with a bonus of 10 points for landing all 20 in the gutter, though no one has ever achieved this feat. Again Eddie Hadinata scored 19 in the fifth round in 2009, although he admits the last three were complete mishits as he was so tired: “This is the hardest event as you have to always achieve the same loop in the shot and it’s more difficult to control when you are tired and stretching to play the shot. In 2009 I mishit the last three shots but they all flopped over the net into the gutter, which meant I won the competition by two points from Rexy and Hendra.”