The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that in addition to the traditional Summer and Winter Olympics, there will be a competition held for Indoor sports. Sports are expected to include darts, snooker, bridge, shove-ha'penny and tiddlywinks. There will also be a wide variety of board games with Monopoly, Ludo, Cluedo, Scrabble and Snakes 'n' Ladders being amongst the chosen disciplines.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said "This is a great day for the Olympic movement and will bring people from all around the world together. The Olympic spirit it not just for athletes, many nerds will welcome the chance to become part of the great Olympic family.
Critics of the plan are less convinced though. They point out that none of the games involve any actual sport, running around, chucking things about or getting hot. "It's just daft" said their spokesman. Olympic gold medal winners normally get an MBE. Can we really be thinking of giving MBE's away to tiddlywink champions?".
The Indoor Olympic Games will be held in the years when the Summer and Winter Games are not being held, so it will be a bi-annual event. Early indications are that several British towns are likely to compete for the honour of hosting the Indoor Olympics including Preston, Huddersfield, Kettering, Northampton and Oldham.