The modern Olympic Games have been running for more 100 years and have incorporated many different sports in that time. Being the premiere competition for athletes means that the Olympics have to cater for a wide range of disciplines, while changes in taste and popularity means that many sports have come in and out of fashion over the years. This has led to some strange and truly bizarre events being a part of the Olympic Games that would never be considered in this era.

Club Swinging

Club Swinging was only included in the Olympic Games twice, in 1904 and 1932. It was essentially a gymnastic sport that involved, imaginatively, swinging clubs. The competitors would use large clubs in order to complete their routine, which was marked based on artistic merit and complexity. It was in essence a precursor to the modern Rhythmic Gymnastics.


Originally planned to be included in the first Games in 1896 but it had to be cancelled due to the small number of countries who put forward teams. By the time the 1900 Olympics in Paris loomed a grand total of four countries had provisionally agreed to take part in the competition. However both Belgium and the Netherlands pulled out after Paris was announced as the host city leaving only France and Great Britain.

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