Japanese organization pushes for tag to become Olympic sport
If you haven't been able to give up your Olympic aspirations, it might not be too late. An international tag federation is campaigning to get the game of tag included as an Olympic sport.
The International Sports Onigokko Federation, otherwise known as ISOF, is a Japanese organization that in reality isn't known to anyone else in the world who's not a part of it. The reason it made the news recently is that it's campaigning ferociously for the induction of tag into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a demonstration sport. The name for tag in Japanese is Oni Gokko, which literally translates as Devil Playing, and it's apparently taken very seriously by a certain group of competitors. There are official rules to the sport version of the game, which is played on a court with certain dimensions. And to make it more attractive to the Olympic Committee, rules are being changed as we speak. With new summer and winter sports like beach volleyball and snowboarding being included in modern Olympics, I'm all for the induction of tag as an Olympic sport. As long as it's fun to watch!
Have your Kleenex ready. That Olympic moment when they award medals and play national anthems for the champions of tag is going to be a real tearjerker.
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Official rules: Played on a 15m by 25m court with three judges