Olympic effort to get egg-throwing recognised as an official sport
EGG enthusiasts have launched a bid to crack into next year's Olympic Games.
This year marks the sixth year of the World Egg-Throwing Championships, which will be held in Swaton, near Sleaford.
To mark the occasion, organisers have applied to have egg-throwing recognised as an official sport.
If successful, egg-throwing could be included as a demonstration sport at the London Olympics in 2012.
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The application has been sent to Sport England, the country's sports council, and a decision is expected within nine weeks.
Andy Dunlop, president of the World Egg-Throwing Federation, told the Echo he was confident the application would be approved.
He said: "We're very egg-cited about the application. It has taken a lot of work to get it ready, but we're looking forward to Sport England's acceptance.
"Egg-throwing is much more interesting than other sports.
"Javelin is just throwing a plated stick down a field – it would be much more interesting if it was a blunt stick with a dog.
"Football is just a team of 11 people chasing a ball. But we have people throwing eggs at one another. It's much more exciting than most of the football games you watch.
"And sports like hammer throwing and shot put are just a bloke in a cage lobbing a big lump of metal down a field.
"There were more than 20,000 fetes in the UK last year that included egg throwing in some capacity and the World Championships drew interest from TV companies across the world.
"It's estimated that four billion people had the chance to see egg throwing last year – and that's probably a better turn- out than the Olympics themselves."
Emma Tatlow, deputy chief executive of Visit Lincolnshire, backed the bid to have the World Egg-Throwing Championships recognised as an official sport.
She said: "Quirky and unusual events are a great hook for attracting media attention and visitors to the county.
"Last year, the World Egg-Throwing Championships won Visit England's best quirky event in the UK, gaining votes from all over the country.
"The competition has grown so much in popularity. If it was successfully granted official sports status, it has the potential to bring even more visitors and raise the profile of Lincolnshire."
Sport England refused to comment on the current status of the application.
The World Egg-Throwing Championships will be held on June 26.