Is Darts worthy of the Olympics?

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Before London, I would have scoffed at the idea of darts as an Olympic sport, but after spending each morning waking, ironing, and dressing to the popular world sport on the BBC, I’m now all for it.

Apparently so is former British Olympic Association director Sir Clive Woodward.

“Darts is definitely an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure,” Woodward tweeted during the world championships on Tuesday.

“You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch,” eventual winner Phil Taylor told the BBC after capturing his sixteenth world title. “If we got in there, I’d be chuffed to bits. I don’t think it’ll be in my lifetime but you never know.”

Since it will still be pretty difficult to convince people that squash is worthy of the Olympic stamp, despite having what we assuming was the best pitch, we’re guessing that darts is a long-shot. Still, you can’t help but wonder if the Olympics could use some chubby 50-year-olds to mix things up.