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Olympic Games

8. Hosted by Country Instead of Cities

Instead of the Games of the Olympiad (Summer Olympics) and the Olympic Winter Games being held in and around a chosen city, they should be held throughout a chosen country or, if the country is very large, throughout a region of that country. This way, not only would the Games produce less of a stress on any host city (and by extension, its country) by not requiring them to construct venues all within a relatively short distance of the host city, but it would also benefit the country and Games organizers by enabling them to choose facilities from a much wider area that would serve as the best venues for certain sporting events as well as give tourists and viewers worldwide a broader, more extensive and perhaps finer view of the host country.


9. Olympic Games to Include Virtually All Competitive Sports, Not Just Athletic Sports

The Olympic Games should not be limited to only athletic sports but should be broadened to include virtually any competitive sport in which the human participants play the leading athletic, thinking, training or engineering role and which at least has a significant international following. Included in this list could be technological competitions as well. For example, remote controlled airplanes, cars and other such ‘toys’ could compete with other such ‘toys’ of the same category. Real auto racing could also be allowed. Additional activities that could be included as competitive sports include singing and the playing of instruments. Any sport that is perceived as a recognizable demonstration of talent could potentially be included into Olympic competitions.


10. Olympic Games Should Last One Full Month and Occur Every Year on a Rotating Schedule

The Olympic Games should occur more frequently and should be more distributed throughout the seasons to allow for the inclusion of a wider range of sports. The Games should occur at intervals of 15 months and, to keep it simple, the Games should always begin on the first day of the month and continue through the last day of the month. This would mean that the Games would be held in each of eight years out of every decade. Years ending with the number one or six would be the years of the Winter Games which would be held during the entire month of February. Years ending with the number two or seven would be the years of the Spring Games which would be held during the entire month of May. Years ending with the number three or eight would be the years of the Summer Games which would be held during the entire month of August. Years ending with the number four or nine would be the Autumn Games which would be held during the entire month of November. Years ending in zero and five would be off years for the Games. Thus, though each season would have its Olympic Games at intervals of four years (as is currently the case), each session of the Olympic Games would allow much more time for a far higher number of sports to be played as well as expand the rest time for the competitors and slow down the general pace of the Games. The various sports chosen to be included in the various Olympic Game seasons should be, as close as possible, the natural sports that climax during that season. For example, skiing is a natural sport to be played in winter. Track and field is normally played during the summer. Gymnastics could be played during the spring (since competitors practice indoors during the cool of winter). Shooting and equestrian competitions could take place during the Autumn Olympic Games.


11. Scheduling Sports’ Seasons to Harmonize with the Olympic Games

All sport and talent competitions should generally be structured and scheduled with an eye towards standardizing and scaling the sport so that it could be somewhat seamlessly merged with the schedule and spirit of the International Olympic Games. Ideally, such sports would climax within or just before the month that the Olympic Games for that sport’s season are held. Although the final competitions for each sport would be played each year at the closing of the regular season, during the years in which that sport participates in the Olympic Games, the finals competitions would be held under the auspices of the Olympic Games. During non-Olympic years, these sports would normally compete nationally unless they already have or choose to develop their own international competition systems independent of the Olympic Games.


12. More Olympic Chances

In certain short duration (2 minutes or less) sport competitions in which athletes perform individually (such as diving, high jump, etc.) and not in sports where athletes compete with others at the same time (such as swimming, running, etc.) the athletes should be given the chance to try the same event as many times as they would like only if the first or successive attempts went terribly bad, such as falling down a ski slope, slipping off the diving board, falling during a high jump attempt, etc. However, for each successive attempt, the maximum score possible for that athlete should be reduced by a certain small amount (like 1/4 or 1/2 a point on a 10-point scale). The athlete should then have the option to choose which of the two, or multiple, performances they would like to submit for purposes of scoring.


13. Media Coverage Contracts

Ideally, there should be no exclusive contracts handed out for coverage of the Olympic Games, but if that is not possible, then the exclusivity of these contracts should be limited as much as possible, such as only to a category of sports or perhaps even one sport. For example, one broadcast company could obtain the exclusive right to cover track and field events while another could obtain the right to cover swimming and diving.

Perhaps there should be a requirement, however, that all contract winning broadcasters make their Olympic broadcasts available for free to the public. They could choose to do so through commercial funding (as is conventionally done) or through any other means they see fit.