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Jousting in the Olympics? British group wants it to happen


FILE - In this file photo dated July 5, 2014, People are dressed as knights on horseback take part in a medieval jousting tournament at Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland. The charity English Heritage has launched a campaign Thursday July 20, 2016, for the ancient equestrian sport of Jousting to be included on the program at future Summer Olympic Games. (Jane Barlow / PA FILE via AP)


LONDON (AP) — Baseball has a rival for inclusion in the Olympics: Jousting.

Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the English Heritage charity launched a campaign Thursday for the ancient equestrian sport to be included on the program at future editions of the games.

English Heritage’s Lucy Hutchings says jousting “requires similar levels of athleticism and artistry as other official Olympic sports” and has its roots in ancient Greece.

It’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. Jousting, which sees competitors wearing armor gallop toward opponents thrusting a lance, is not a mass participation sport.

The International Olympic Committee already has a shortlist under consideration to be added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC will select one of baseball-softball, surfing, skateboarding, karate and sports climbing at a meeting next month.

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