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What If Shopping Became A Sport In The London Olympic Games?

Updated on October 16, 2013

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London. Yes there are shops in London to explore!
London. Yes there are shops in London to explore! | Source

I Hereby Declare

As London is busy preparing for the Olympic Games, set to start in July, I have a proposal to make to the board who decides which sports to include in the Games. I believe that shopping should be added.

Seriously? you ask.


Have you seriously thought about the actions involved in the activity of shopping? The activity would pass many of the criteria that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Session uses to determine which sports will be included or excluded in the Program for the Olympic Games.


The IOC Executive Board sits down and reads the agenda. Number 14 (random) on the list is "Include shopping on the Olympic Games".

Ahem, yes I have been invited to read my arguments to affirm that shopping is a sport that fits within the eligibility rules outlined by the IOC in the Olympic Charter. Okay, no they have not invited me, but humour me if you will.

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Online press kit | Source

The Sport Is an "Event"

The IOC uses the word event to describe an athletic competition to be included in the Olympic Games. An event is a competition that results in the awarding of metals. Okay, boxing and football are straight-forward ones to include for the London games. They are just two of the 26 sports. I say, let's make shopping the 27th sport!

Yes, there could be medals awarded. The shoppers, both men and women, could compete against each other in a mock-supermarket set up in a paved open area.

Each person would have a shopping cart and have to collect items from a list within a certain amount of time. The athlete who returns to the finish line first with all of the items on the list in his or her cart is the winner. This person would be awarded the gold medal, while the second and third places would get silver and bronze respectfully.

Let the competition begin!

Let's Dig A Little Deeper

Many sports are broken down into branches in the Olympic Games. For example, the discipline of swimming is broken down into the backstroke and breaststroke. For shopping, the branches could be:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Clothes Shopping
  • Drugstore Shopping
  • Costco (I like Costco and I am putting forward the motion. No sense arguing with me!)
  • Electronics Shopping
  • Budgeting Skills - The athletes would each be given a certain amount of money and asked to shop the store to get ingredients for a specific recipe at the lowest possible price.

Here I prove that there is a lot of variety to the sport. There are many options for shopping so the IOC would not have issues coming up with related competitions. Kinda makes you want to try out for the Olympics, doesn't it?!

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Wikipedia Commons | Source

The Popularity Factor

The popularity of the sport is another consideration of the IOC. The discipline must be popular by both genders in multiple countries. While not everyone loves every form of shopping, there is so much diversity among the branches of the discipline that spectators would likely be interested in at least one of the competitions.

Perhaps men would be interested in the electronics shopping competitions, while women might be more interested in the clothes-related games. Each branch would have both male and female competitors; the combination of men and women would surely draw crowds.

Another argument in favour of including shopping in the Olympic Games is that it would be new to the event. The Games has never seen a similar sport before in competition. People would crowd around the stands to watch the competitions!

Hello, is this thing on? Hello, eye contact anyone?
Hello, is this thing on? Hello, eye contact anyone? | Source

The IOC Decides

I hereby conclude my speech to the IOC regarding adding shopping to the Olympic Games this year and for years to come. Ahem, I wait for a response from the board members.

Why are they avoiding making eye contact? Should I set up my PowerPoint presentation to further explain my arguments to them?

I do hope that shopping gets added as a sport to the Olympic Games. I wonder how long it will take for them to decide... I wish someone would make eye contact with me...

Do You...

Do You Want Shopping To Be Added As A Sport At The Olympic Games?

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Posh, I love that! Did you show her the hub :) Tell her I will race her in the Purses event!

      @Josh, Training would be fun... provided we use other people's money!

      @Docmo, thanks for the shoutout with this hub on FB and here too. You can represent your country and we will dual in the stores :)

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Christy you crack me up with this one. I have often said that if shopping were an Olympic event my wife would easily win Gold.

      Very topical hub Christy.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Very clever idea for a hub! I would definitely watch this it were in the olympics! Heck, I would even train to be in it! Lol

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      As I absolutely adore shopping ( strange for a man) I would love ot represent my country in shopping olympics.. what fun! voted up and shared.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @whittwrites, this is a fun hub I wrote a little while ago :) I'm glad you enjoyed the read - I'll help your wife shop if she needs assistance!

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      My wife would agree with you. There are times I think she deserves a gold medal for shopping

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, it was a fun, light hub to write. I am glad you got a kick out of it. Thanks for the comment! Hehe I can just see you with the cart now!

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      Jane Carroll 5 years ago

      I love the concept and the article. Hey...I might even qualify...I've been practicing for a LOT of years...LOL!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Rolly, I have a list and I stick to it! Perhaps I would take second place hehe. Thanks for the comment!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc, I love these ideas! I would be all for a purse shopping competition :)

      @Teaches, yes shopping can be quite the walking exercise. I'm glad you found the hub to be a fun one. I wanted to write a lighter topic.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... I would win... I'm one of those men that are in and out before the door has a chance to close... great hub and interesting concept.

      Hugs from Alberta...

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Not everyone enjoys shopping! And where some people live, comparative price shopping is more expensive than any possible savings due to the distances between stores... Why not separate categories for shoe shopping, makeup, dress, bridesmaid dresses, anything but suits!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This event would certainly help people get in shape and use their prep time to polish price saving skills. It would be fun to watch! Interesting hub, amusing and an enjoyable read.