There is far more to it than two armoured horse riders hurtling towards each other with 12ft lances. Jousting demands levels of athleticism, agility and equestrianism that make it an ideal candidate for the Olympics, English Heritage argues.The organisation has launched a campaign to get jousting recognised as an Olympic sport in time for Tokyo 2020.
Now, it is very clear that English Heritage want this, however there are a number of things that they have slightly overlooked. Firstly, there are the rules. An sport can only become an Olympic sport if a) the IOC recognises it as a sport (that happens if the activity have administration by an international non-governmental organization that oversees at least one sport), then b) the international organization administering the sport must enforce the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code, including conducting effective out-of-competition tests on the sport's competitors, while maintaining rules set forth by the Olympic Charter, followed by c) a sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents, and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents.
It is this last element that I believe will see jousting's attempt come to a grinding halt as I do not believe there are any countries in the world where ladies are allowed to joust (if I am wrong in that assumption, that I would be happy to be proved wrong) but if all that happens and the IOC give jousting a place there is one final thing that means jousting can NEVER be in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and that thing is the closing date for submissions for new sports was September 28th 2015 (in other words, English Heritage are a year too late).