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7 bizarre ‘sports’ no longer held at the Olympic Games

Pigeon shooting

In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, pigeons take off from a rooftop pigeon coop in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

If live pigeon-shooting were still an Olympic event, one might expect New York City to host the Games every time. However, the IOC deemed the practice unacceptable after only one Olympics, in 1900. Live pigeons were released for the competition in Paris, and competitors were challenged to blast as many of the birds as possible out of the sky. A reported 300 pigeons were killed. The IOC switched to clay “pigeons” and cardboard cutouts of deer for later Olympic shooting events.

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