The success of swimmer Michael Phelps (yes it’s impressive, but how many events with slight variations to his basic starting skills can one man win medals for?) has set me thinking about creating the ultimate multi-medal winning Olympic machine. After much thought, while giving full consideration to my normal working activities, I have a plan of action
1. INtroduce darts to the Olympics.
2. Obviously, darts requires to be a mutli-discipline event hence,
3. Introduce a number of darting events including:
(a) standard 501 – double to finish
(b) 501 – double to start, double to finish
(c) the clock from 1 to bull – each treble allowing you to move on 3, each double to move on 2. (3 events)
4. Clearly each darting event would require a singles, a pairs, and a team competition. (6 events)
5. Play each event on a standard dartboard, and a Yorkshire board (no trebles) (12 events).
6. Select Phil the power Taylor for each event.
Clearly with the televisual success of archery (big darts in a bigger, less TV friendly auditorium, with no table service for the paying punters) – it is only a matter of time before darts enters the Olympic family. And when it does, it must negotiate with the IOC seeking multiple medals.
With that one move (to be supported by our Dutch colleagues) – improving the “team GB” performance in the medal table is guaranteed.