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

Roque and Croquet

In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, a man makes a shot as the sunsets at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Whether you’re a fan of croquet or its American cousin, roque, it’s hard to argue that the two pastimes are legitimate sports, as they basically consist of carefully tapping a ball through a wire arch with a mallet. It’s also hard to argue that both events were anything less than a sham when they were held in 1900 and 1904, respectively. The French added croquet to the list of Olympic sports for the Paris Games in 1900. A total of 10 players competed – all from France – and France naturally swept the event, taking home seven medals as a result. (Some croquet events did not award a silver or bronze medal.)

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