Reflecting the increasingly sedentary habits of human beings, the International Olympic Committee is adding some controversial events to the Olympic games. 12 ounce curls and hot dog eating are just two of the new events the IOC is adding to the games in 2020 when Tokyo next hosts the event.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps slammed the new sports as ridiculous and setting a dangerous example for youth. He spoke to fans and press at Kaitlyn Jenner's charity gala for transgender youth held in Los Angeles.
"To even call these activities sports is disgraceful, it's frightening to think kids will grow up thinking that bingeing on hot dogs is a sport, and not know the joy of healthy physical activities like taking a hike or just playing ball. If this keeps up what are they going to add next, the knockout game? No, even that might be to physical for the modern Olympics."
IOC President Thomas Bach defended the changes in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.
"We've got to keep a young audience engaged with the games, and we've been successful with snowboarding and other new sports. The percentage of the audience younger than 30 has shrunk from 80% in the early seventies to just 25% now. By making these changes we can still attract a younger audience and remain relevant to the changing times."
Answering his critics who say that the new events are not truly sports, Bach told Tapper, "try doing a couple thousand twelve ounce curls without stopping, then criticize it as a sport. These events take real physical ability and training for a person to become a competitor."