Anglers are floating a thought of fishing apropos an Olympic sport.
They are casting about for support for a central inclusion in a summer Games though not everybody is holding a bait.
Fishermen are hook, line and sinker in foster of carrying anglers going for bullion in freshwater, sea, fly and foe angling.
And with an estimated 3 million Britons casting a line any year, we could land a whopping award haul.
Over a water, a Rome-based Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive, representing 50 million anglers in 70 countries, is creation a bid.
President Ferenc Szalay pronounced a sport’s “ancient and satisfactory foe system” ideally compare a Olympic ideals.
Fish held in foe would be returned to a H2O unharmed.
England’s canopy group has been British, European and World champions and manager Rob Hughes said: “We are one of a biggest if not a biggest appearance sports in a country. We are flattering good so, in terms of medals, we consider we would do unequivocally good during a Olympics.”
He pronounced a foe is penetrating to get divided from a unfair, somewhat idle image.
He said: “There is an component of physicality and foe generally in casting – and we have to be fit.
“The England group has to be strong, we demeanour during diet and a correct training regime. There is a genuine honour in what we do.”
But Times fishing match Brian Clarke is nonetheless to be bending by a Olympic dream. He warned: “As a witness foe it would make examination paint dry seem a white-knuckle ride. Clare Balding would be means to enclose herself.”
He pronounced a Olympic motto, of “Faster, Higher, Stronger” would not request and it would be unfit to find a H2O satisfactory for all competitors.
Former Olympic decathlete incited TV angling commentator Dean Macey believes fishing should be in a Games.
He said: “Millions of people opposite a universe go fishing, because shouldn’t it form partial of a planet’s biggest sporting event?”
Mr Szalay added: “We have really accurate and despotic manners concerning a venues’ characteristics, to safeguard a equal or tighten to equal chances for each competitor.”
Meanwhile English Heritage is campaigning for jousting to be combined as an muster event.
Tug of fight was an Olympic eventuality from 1900 to 1920, with Great Britain winning bullion in 1908 and 1920.
Surf’s adult in Games
Angling is a latest in a array of sports behest for Olympic standing as partial of bosses’ skeleton to modernize a programme and attract a younger audience.
Five new sports – surfing, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding and sports climbing – will be partial of a Tokyo 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee’s 90 members corroborated a executive board’s recommendation to acknowledge a newcomers, that will supplement 470 athletes and 18 new events.
The preference is another opinion of certainty for IOC boss Thomas Bach’s Olympic Agenda 2020 devise to shake off a out-of-date picture of a Games.
Fishing was final partial of a Olympics in a 1900 Paris games. It was an unaccepted foe and there is no record of a award winners. Only 6 nations, including a hosts France, took part.