CLIVE SMITH: Stand up for the sit-down champions of Team GB

Golden couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, both gold medal cyclists in Rio
Golden couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, both gold medal cyclists in Rio
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We’re good at sports that require sitting down – sailing, cycling, canoeing and rowing

A young golfer will want to win the Masters, a tennis player Wimbledon, where as athlete or swimmer will want to win the Olympics.

That’s what they dedicate their lives to. Unless lifting gold at the Olympics is the ultimate achievement in your sport, I don’t really think it should be in the Olympics.

Despite that, I have watched quite a lot of the coverage this year, which is more than can be said for the people of Brazil.

Most of the stadiums were half empty! Homes were demolished to make way for the games, surely the government could have handed out a few free tickets to the people now living in tents.

But that’s the problem with holding the Olympics in countries where parts are still third-world standard – all the glitz and glamour of the opening ceremony and the backdrop is a shanty town!

Team GB have had a decent return of medals this time around, though.

We’re particularly good at sports that require sitting down – sailing, cycling, canoeing and rowing.

So I’m wondering with the inclusion of the sports not usually associated with the Olympics, we should start lobbying for the inclusion of cross-country Space Hopper, 800m unicycle and freestyle whoopie cushion.

The TV viewing figures would be through the roof, Olympic greats such as Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave sharing a forum with an expert in the whoopie cushion.

I just wish there was more coverage of the shooting in the Olympics, I was on the edge of my seat...