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In honour of the chaotic, changing times, I would like to introduce the first mental sport to the Olympics: Fake News Spotting. While this idea has been around for a long time, its popularity has shot up in this digital age.
Competitors would be given a set number of news articles, campaign speeches, tweets etc. They would have to check whether they are true or false over several rounds. Scoring would be based on a combination of the fastest finishing time and the most accurate assessment. Participants should possess excellent speed-reading skills, a good knowledge of current affairs, and the ability to think logically.
Hopefully, the inclusion of Fake News Spotting in the Olympics would raise awareness of the importance of not taking things at face value in an age of misinformation.
Footbasket. As the name suggests, the sport is a combination of football and basketball, where a player would have to kick a ball into a basket. But unlike basketball, there wouldn’t be any backboard, so it becomes harder to score. Like football, players would be able to use any part of their body to score, except their hands. The fact that players could even score from behind the basket would make the sport very interesting. The final would be a best-of-three-games contest.
Footbasket would be a great addition to the Olympics because it combines two popular sports, and even poor kids can play it – all you need is a ball and a basket.
Jumping down the stairs would be my choice. You can practise the sport on any staircase, anytime, so everyone can take part in this event. In fact, jumping up the stairs is a popular pastime among adults, especially when they are in a hurry, or when they want to train their leg muscles.
In this new Olympic event, competitors would have to jump over stairs of different heights. Each participant would be given three attempts, all at different heights. The contestant who jumps down from the tallest staircase wins. However, this is a dangerous sport because you could hurt yourself while falling from a height. So before you enter this event, you would have to sign something that says you are aware of the risks.
An error correction game would be an inventive addition to the Olympics. According to Google, the game is a form of competitive activity in which players follow the rules. The person or group who spots the most number of mistakes and corrects them in the fastest possible time will win.
Error correction trains the contestants’ minds and is fun, too. It is much better than running or playing ball games.
Last man standing. In this sport, there would be a circle with a radius of 1.5 metres. It would be divided into four equal sections. Competitors would stand on their assigned quarter. Each quarter would be colour-coded – blue, green, red, and yellow. Players would have to push their opponents out of the ring.
The referee calls out a colour zone where all the players have to gather within 20 seconds. While moving, competitors can push their rivals out of the zone. After 20 seconds, the players “freeze” and those who are not in the colour zone are eliminated. If the match goes on for more than 10 minutes, the circle would slowly close in until there is only one winner.
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