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飞镖直指2012伦敦奥运

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Sport for All: Darts Aims for the 2012 London Olympics
 

  From the drama in track and field through to the stunning architecture of the Bird's Nest,the Beijing Olympics was a success,and Britain has a lot to live up to in 2012.

  Sebastian Coe,the public face of the London Olympics,is certain that the games will be good for the UK.A former world-class middle-distance runner,Coe believes in the power of the Olympics,claiming that"sport is inclusive and open to all".

  Lord Coe was an excellent athlete,but he could be off the pace with his opinion that the events at the Olympics are accessible and relevant to everyone. Well,have you ever done the pole vault? When was the last time you went out with your mates for an afternoon of equestrian,followed by a spot of yachting?

  Clearly,some Olympic sports are not open to all.Wushu,the traditional Chinese martial art, was chosen as a demonstration sport at Beijing, and perhaps every Olympics should feature a popular or traditional competitive sport that exemplifies the host nation.So let's look at the merits of darts,a quintessentially British sport that is genuinely accessible to everyone,and its chances of taking part in the London games.

  The Spectacle - Battling Beer Bellies

  Darts originated in the UK,and the world champion,Britain's Phil "The Power" Taylor,is in no doubt that his sport should feature at the London games.

  Taylor argues that darts deserves a place at the "world's greatest sports show"because of its worldwide popularity as a spectator sport and also,significantly,for the fact that so many people play the game. "Darts links so many people together - and it would provide a great spectacle at the Olympics".

  The competitive element and the tension involved in the race from 501 to zero in darts can,as "The Power"claims,provide a dramatic spectacle.However,the bulky darts players themselves are part of this spectacle,too,and this is where the criticisms of darts as a sport and a potential Olympic event begin. Put diplomatically,darts players do not conventionally fit with the athletic Olympic idealof physical fitness.

  Plus,darts began in pubs,and pubs are still the main setting for the amateur game and a focus of the professional game - supporters of darts and the darts players themselves are traditionally associated with a beer-drinking culture.The International Olympic Committee(IOC) probably fears that beer bellies will not encourage a positive sporting image.

  There is further bad news for Taylor.The IOC does not even recognise darts as a sport, perhaps because the game doesn't seem to involve any tiring physical exertion.But darts fans will have seen archery and rifle shooting at Beijing,two events which involve similar skills as darts, and they could argue their sport is more mentally and physically demanding (and certainly more widely played) than either of these established Olympic events.

  What's more,if you compare darts to the pistol and rifle events,consider which is the more sinister Olympic message – promoting shooting bullets at moving targets, or letting sportsmen with beer guts have a chance to go for gold?

  Sebastian Coe believes sport is a "good educator". Replace the rifle with darts,and "The Power"and his fellow athletes might even be an unlikely force to spread the peaceful Olympic message that Coe values so much.

  Should London Build the BellyDrome?

  And what else could darts do for the GB Olympics? As the Beijing games have shown with the Water Cube,the Olympics should bring innovative and remarkable buildings to the host city's skyline,arenas shaped to reflect the sport,the nation and the times.Sebastian Coe talks of the Olympics leaving a legacy of "world-class facilities"and venues, yet there's nothing exceptional about the controversially bland National Stadium plans for London.The brilliantly unique Beijing Bird's Nest has thrown a challenge to the UK to come up with an iconic structure to mirror Britain, British sport and British culture.

  With darts on the menu,think what renowned U.K. architect Norman Foster could be inspired to create for London.Imagine.On the banks of the Thames in 2012 we could see the construction of the Flying Jocky National Olympic Superpub (nicknamed the "BellyDrome"),a fitting venue for darts and its many followers around the globe. And further still,into a more liberal future,this pub-inspired monument to a great British pastime could host a brand new sport,one in which the UK would be medallists every time - the thrills and spills of Olympic Power Drinking.

  Sebastian Coe wants the London games to be fun and to celebrate Britishness. Darts,a genuine sport for all,might provide the answer.

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