- Jul 2011
Cricket Is Not a Sport, Russia Says - The Moscow TimesRussia has officially refused to recognize cricket — which is considered the second most popular sport in the world after football — as a sport, according to a Russian Sports Ministry memo.
Russia’s “registry of sports” lists recognized disciplines that include ice stock sport — similar to curling — and korfball — a Dutch unisex sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized cricket, which has not been featured in the Summer Games since 1900, a decade ago.
“Refuse recognition of cricket as a sport,” reads the memo authored by Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov dated Monday, July 15.
The directive also lists Thai boxing known as Muay Thai as a non-sport in Russia.
The Russian Sports Ministry decision came a day after host nation England won the cricket World Cup.
Really, Muai Thai ain't a sport? That'll sure be news to all the young boys in studying it in dojos countrywide
It's hugely popular over there, these days. When I was doing it as a kid myself in Moscow, it was still all about karate and such, and us "Taitsy" were more or less a crazy fringe group (a fierce and mighty one, no less be of course, making up for our small numbers with sheer ferocity and skill lol We fought the guys from the karate dojo in the same building a lot, and sure as hell beat the hell out of those pricks plenty too )
Now, it's huge. Here, for example, Sergey Badyuk, action movie star and martial arts legend over there, who himself started in karate and taekwondo long ago, but now promotes Muai Thai, invites a lucky group of people to come train in Thailand with him
As for cricket, I have not heard of anyone in Russia being particularly into that; but, what about Lapta, a similar ancient Slavic game that's been regaining popularity there in recent years?
What the hell are they thinking???