The New Sports in This Year’s Olympics1st Aug 2016 |
There’s always great excitement when it comes to the new sports of the Olympics. The attention from the spectators and the motivation by the athletes are among the most interesting factors. Is the new sport popular or just a gimmick? In this year’s Olympics we have not just one, but two new sports to follow: Golf and Rugby sevens. These are not niche sports reserved for people with a particular interest, but sports that already attract many fans on the international stage.
The difference between rugby sevens and the “normal” rugby is, as the name suggests, that there are only seven players in each team in the former. The pitch has the same size however, so we might see more endurance from the players and a greater number of points scored. Since the defenders are much more spread out, there are usually a greater number of goals scored in this form of rugby.
Rugby sevens will be played both for men and for women. On the men’s side, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France will be the most interesting teams to follow. All of these are countries with tradition and history in rugby. These teams, except for South Africa, will play at the women’s tournament as well.
Golf will be played as we are used to seeing it. It has not been a part of the Olympic programme since 1904, and we’ll get to see the game played both for men and women, too. The men’s competition will be played from the 11th to the 14th of August, and the women’ competition will be played from the 17th to the 20th of August. This will be a great opportunity for exposure of the sport – not that it needs it, but new fans are never a bad thing – and it will also be a great opportunity for the four British players to show themselves.