It may have escaped your attention, but it seems some sporting event, called the Olympics, is taking place in London around now. In times past, odd events were added to the stock menu, either as full events or as demonstration sports. Mostly, the host nation would sneak a few home-grown sports into the mix in order to boost their medal chances.
Naturally, the French came up with live pigeon shooting and arranged for marksmen to slaughter around 300 innocent birds. More surprisingly, the same nation added cricket to the list in 1900. Only two teams entered, and the French team illegally consisted mostly of British embassy staff, who were duly slaughtered by the English gentlemen.
Of solo synchronised swimming we will merely raise a quizzical eyebrow and say nothing. Rope climbing appeared from 1896 to 1932 and it would be pleasant to surmise that slim Indian fakirs who, out of habit, disappeared at the top and so failed to attend the medal ceremony, caused its demise.
Pistol duelling wasn't as fatal as it sounds, since a live expert shot at a dummy, both being attired in appropriate period dress – making the dummy count two in total.
We have not heard of any demonstration sports being added to the current event, so have come up with some suggestions that might boost the home nation's chances of upping the haul of metal trinkets.