I’m not a sporty person. When I was young I learned how to swing a golf club, but having to trail around 18 holes proved just too boring for words when I was 12 years old. Of course, I now love to watch The British Open and the Masters from Augusta each year. I also played tennis in my teens and, in my twenties, won a trophy for ten-pin bowling (the Ladies High Average) and took up squash in my thirties, until it did for my knees.
But I’ve always thought that running around and jumping up and down and playing football were things that you did as children in primary school, something you eventually grew out of, like last year’s school uniform. So for the past fortnight the ‘Limpix’ (as our TV sporting gurus insist on referring to them) has been just a little boring for me (with the exception of dressage and yesterday’s endurance test, the men’s tri-athlon which was won yet again, i.e. gold and silver, by the wonderful Brownlee brothers).
I wonder … has the ‘Limpix’ encouraged you to take up a new sporting activity? I certainly won’t be having a go at Tai Kwando (is that how it is spelt?) or boxing, both of which I consider legalized violence. It strikes me that there are now too many events, ones that the ancient Greeks, on whose sporting prowess the modern games were based, would have laughed themselves silly over. So what about the egg & spoon race? The sack race? The three-legged race? They might sound silly, but no sillier than some things I’ve seen. I wonder what game/sport you might bring to the ‘Limpix’, or, more importantly, any that you would remove?