Beautiful Rough, a Guardian freelance writer, writes in: “I actually wrote for Soccer America that women’s football doesn’t need the Olympics anymore and it would be better to focus on continental tournaments, including what I’m calling AAA – Americas, Africa, Asia.
“Sports that have long established competitions that are more important than their presence at the Games should really try to do something different to make their Olympic competitions unique. How about mixed team golf and tennis events?
“But the mistake people make is to think that a sport that is not their the country doesn’t have to be big all over. United States! UNITED STATES! UNITED STATES! doesn’t go wild for the canoe / kayak slalom. But when I covered it in Beijing, the press tent was overflowing. I think half of Eastern Europe was there.
Joël Eley writes and says this: “The solution for football is to replace it with futsal. Easily done. I also think Olympic sports should be one of the sport’s best achievements, so no football or golf for me, and I can’t understand why they are so opposed to the inclusion of netball.
Scott thinks a quick game is a good game: “Olympic football should ONLY be about shots on goal! Exciting to watch and quickly finish! Yes! “
Another tweeter called Voices Of The Mysterons offers a slightly more wacky suggestion: “To continue on the theme of new Olympic sports, and as a way to attract even * younger * spectators and competitors, how about Pin The Tail On The Donkey, Musical Statues and What’s The Time Mister Wolf.
Are we going to consult the experts? Jonathan Liew writes: “This is perhaps the biggest problem in Olympic football: a problem that seems specific to men’s football, but which over time could overwhelm women’s football as well. No one seems to really know what it is: a development competition, a star vehicle, a twist.
Read his full article.