A better test, reflecting the ethos of the original Games, would be to exclude sports that did not exhibit personal contest between athletes in front of the people. So out go those that are not energetic (diving, shooting, archery, dressage) and those that require the subjective assessment of judges (diving and dressage again, gymnastics, exotic swimming). And keep, very firmly, all sports where one person pits her or his skill and endurance against another - and that of course includes fencing, arguably the most skilful and combative and certainly the most sweaty of all.
As for the people, the privilege of watching the very best in competition will guarantee the necessary spectators. The International Olympic Committee should not concern itself with televisuality; it is not their business.
And now, if you will excuse me, Curtis Robb and I are about to enjoy the 800 metres.
C. C. WALKER
Chairman, Combined Services Fencing Association
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