Originally Posted by MikeM
I think the problem lies in how a sport is judged.
Bodybuilding - subjective, weightlifting - empirical
rythmic gymnastics - subjective, gymnastics - empirical.
A sport is anything people participate in, for sure, but an olympic event also is an event that people can discern a clear winner with their normal eyes witnessing an obviously normal set of movement patterns.
The olympics has opened the door to subjective events, so I can't imagine why they wouldn't want bodybuilding, esp if they have ratified such foolishness as synchro swimming performances, etc.
Getting off on a bit of a tangent, this is my problem with modern Olympic games: No more is it about individual athletic skill and glory, as it used to.
On topic: Some people don't consider chess a sport either - doesn't stop FIDE from being the third largest sports organization in the world.