The playful Pocket Monsters have been with us for 26 years.
Pokemon races though have not been endorsed by the International Olympic Committee… YET!
It’s a pity really
You see, the perfect venue has just opened, Pokémon Wonder in a 4,500sqm forest within Yomiuriland, a theme park outside Tokyo.
I reckon too that I would be a natural.
As a former Scottish national cross-country champion I have run through more than my share of forests.
And it’s got me thinking that it would have been more fun if the routes were littered with Pokémons along the way.
There are 50 species of Pokémon species including favourites such as Oddish, Diglett, and even (and I don’t know either) Rowlett.
And contestants will be given the rundown before the hunt from the research team of Professor Kureso and Pikachu.
Stop the pigeon
And for those who poo-poo Pokémon as a sport I give you…
How about Horse Long Jump at the 1900 Paris Games or Town Planning at the four Games between 1928 and 1948.
Although as I sit here drowsy after another broken sleep one sport lost to the Games looks very appealing for a comeback.
Pigeon racing which flew during the 1900 Games with more than 300 birds taken out.
You not want to participate… well fly somewhere else, preferably out of my earshot.
In contrast our Pocket Minsters are actually podgy, playful little fellows who are very welcome in our world.
And they will be up until next April 3.
Now as for the row circling around Tokyo over whether it should be held at all with Covid gripping Japan.
Well, I’d always ask that everything possible be done to allow Travel and Sport, my two great loves, to continue.
Let the Games begin
And I believe precedent is a great example and cite the last time the world was gripped by a pandemic, the Spanish Flu in 1920.
And the Games went ahead in Antwerp, Belgium.
Never mind all those original Olympics held against the backdrop of Greek wars and interfering and vengeful Gods and Godesses.
Now maybe there are more events from the ancients which we should bring back.
But one step at a time… for starters let’s trial The Olympics Pokémon Hunting.