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5 Sports Not in the Olympics

The Olympics are one of the most popular sporting events in the world, but to keep the games manageable, not all sports make the cut - even some of our favourites. 

Take a look at five popular sports that aren't featured in the Olympics:

1. Cricket


Cricket, a British sport, is the second most watched sport in the world, with over 2.5 billion fans. Despite its massive fandom, cricket is not a part of the Olympics. It was in the first modern Games in 1896, but was later withdrawn due to a lack of entrants. 

2. Polo


One of the poshest sports around, polo has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, but hasn't been a part of the Olympics since 1936. 

3. Darts


While darts may not take much vigor, many consider it a sport. There have been great efforts by various official dart organisations to get darts into the Olympics, and the Olympic Committee have said it may become incorporated in the 2024 games. 

4. Squash 


Around 17 million people around the world play squash, but in the last official bid to enter squash into the Olympics, it was rejected in favour of wrestling. A new bid is expected for the 2024 games. 

5. Bowling


Did you know that bowling dates all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians? Bowling was temporarily introduced into the Olympics as a demonstration sport at the Seoul Summer Games. However, only 20 countries participated and the sport hasn't made a reappearance since.