The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP
The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP

The weirdest Olympic events – horse long jump, town planning and pigeon shooting

  • British swimmer tells Games to forget gimmicks, but Olympic history is full of bizarre events such as duelling pistols
  • Paris 1900 was a high point with its swimming obstacle course and hot air ballooning but recent Games have proved just as odd

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP
The Olympic Rings outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: AFP
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