Why is pickleball not an Olympic sport?

Unfortunately, the main issue that prevents pickleball from being added to the Olympics is its popularity and level of the international population. Although the game has become prevalent in North America, it is not often played on other continents or even outside of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

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Subsequently, will pickleball be in the 2024 Olympics?

First and foremost, a sport must have an international federation approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). … As you can see, the time between approval and inclusion is at least three years so Pickleball will definitely not be present in the 2024 games in Paris, France as an official sport.

Also to know is, what year did pickleball become an Olympic sport? In 2001, pickleball was introduced in the Arizona Senior Olympics drawing 100 players, which was the largest event to be played at that point. Later, events would begin growing to nearly 300 players.

Herein, where is pickleball most popular in the world?

10 Most Popular US Cities For Pickleball – Where To Play…

  • Seattle, Washington.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Chesapeake, Virginia.
  • Plano, Texas.

Is pickleball easier than tennis?

Although pickleball is generally easier on the body than tennis, it does not come without its strains. The sport requires players to bend down for many shots, which can be difficult on the lower back. … He said pickleball has helped his quickness, reaction time and volley game.

Will pickleball ever be an Olympic sport?

The main criteria are that the sport must be played in 75 countries across four continents for Men’s competition or 40 countries on three continents for female sports…and Pickleball is not there yet. For the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.

What is the average age of pickleball players?

43.5 years old

Is pickleball still popular?

Pickleball has grown in popularity over the years, starting out as a niche sport. It now has almost 2.8 million players in the U.S. The sport has become so popular that in Florida and Arizona entire communities are being built around pickleball courts.

1 thought on “Why is pickleball not an Olympic sport?”

  1. Pickleball is a game, not a sport. First, is the joke ball. Using a children’s toy means NOT a “real” sport. The Onix Fuse G2 is progress. But, the wind still plays havoc with the plastic holed ball (personally, I don’t think beach volleyball is real either). Imagine if Tennis / Badminton tournaments switched to plastic balls / shuttlecocks. There’d be riots. Such as in Ping Pong, switching to slow, irregular plastic just for longer volleys (2014). Plastic balls have had a high cost with no actual benefits (to any game), on comparison. The point is even Ping Pong would never switch to a holed toy ball flipping in the wind. Second, the rules are designed to reduce the advantages of skill. It’s the purpose of the “Kitchen” and the “drop serve.” The opposite of the Olympics – why it doesn’t belong. If you’re going to use a Wiffle ball, you need to allow chainsaw pitches, like in Wiffleball. 99% of Pickleball players still use a cheap, wooden paddle, unlike other court sports. No Racquetball, Tennis, or Badminton player still uses a wooden racket, not in this century.

    The upswing in entitled old White retirees wanting to switch from shuffleboard should not come at the expense of other sports. Give back the tennis courts! No surprise they don’t respect any time limits when people are waiting – using something called “Open Pickleball” (or that old White folk should get whatever they want). Most players ignore rules they don’t happen to like, such as allowing let serves. In a “real” sport, adding two more people (for doubles) speeds the game up. Not in the fake sport game of Pickleball. People who unfortunately live nearby are often not happy with the produced ping sound.

    I have a friend who was a below average Badminton player. He switched to Pickelball and won the state championship his first year. Failed tennis athletes also often switch. THAT is the future of the GAME. Growing participation from those lacking real talent. Now, many are claiming the influx of better players is destroying the game. Ha ha! As in the past, there will always be new rules to keep limiting the “unfairness” of skill (in their vernacular, keeping Pickleball more “competitive” – or open to entitled White retirees). New rally scoring encouraged faster, aggressive play. Can’t have that, so it was banned. The rules change most every year, struggling to keep it a game, not anything like a sport.

    Two thirds of Pickleball players are senior citizens. They’re not capable of a real sport. Playing two hours of Pickleball is said to be the equivalent of walking about four miles. And, NOBODY but a senior citizen thinks shuffling along at only two miles per hour is exercise. There is a reason Pickleball’s popularity only exists in America (also why it can’t ever be considered for the Olympics). Nobody else has sufficient entitled seniors. Now, I’m a senior retiree. But, when I take an evening five-mile walk, I take 75 minutes. It’d be difficult to slow down to take 2.5 hours, slow enough for a GAME of Pickleball.

    Pickleball by equipment, rules, and player personalities is not a real sport – not on an Olympic level.


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