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A Case for Making Protesting an Olympic Sport

If you’ve forgotten, the 2024 Summer Olympics are in Paris, France. That takes place in July with preparations already in place. But while we haven’t heard a lick of that, we may have caught wind of protests in Paris. They are as common as a baguette in a cafe but complaining is a national sport in France. Google it. Given how the French are fervently Frenching, it makes me wonder: why is protesting not an official Olympic sport?

I am serious. And this may sound like a troll-like idea. But I’m talking about the Olympic games, which include quasi-sports like synchronized swimming and pole dancing. In honor of the French, who we owe plenty of our democracies, make protests an Olympic sport! And I’m here to give you my Olympics betting lines on this hypothetical sport.

A Case for Making Protesting an Olympic Sport
The Olympic flag/Xose Bouzas / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP


France the Best at Protesting

No ifs, ands, or buts. The French have been protesting since before most of the Olympic entrants were even countries. However, the French are far from the only people protesting. Just do a quick search and you’ll see how civil unrest has been prevalent everywhere.

Knowing this, it may be tough to consider France as a runaway favorite to win the gold medal on the betting odds:

  • France: +200
  • South Africa: +400
  • Spain: +800
  • Italy: +800
  • Algeria: +800
  • Poland: +1200
  • United States +1200
  • United Kingdom: +2500
  • Germany: +4000
  • Lebanon: +5000
  • Greece: +7500
  • India: +10000



We’re still lining France as the favorite to win this imaginary sport. On top of the “home cooking”, the French are just natural protesters. It can be about anything from your plebian taste in pants to legitimate anti-war protests. But as notorious as France is for this, it is not the “protest capital of the world.” That belongs to South Africa.

That’s not shocking. The African country gets plenty of focus from both fictional and historical movies. And that’s due to the consistent racial and political tensions. So it’s common to see protests and riots happening in South Africa.

Other European countries on the board include Spain, Italy, and Poland. We’d give Spain shorter odds if it had more unity as a nation. But a big chunk of its protests come against the Catalan amnesty. Some are focused on the Canary Islands while some are fighting against socialism.


Germany and USA as Longshots?

The Italians may be a “dark horse” here along with Germany at 40/1. Italy is versed in starting protests. We may even say that they started doing it before the French became the French. And the Italians have been taking it up a notch lately due to their prime minister’s “suffocating” measures.

Any time you see Germany at 40/1 odds you raise your eyebrows. This country has the second-most gold medals. It is usually a contender in every sport it joins. But why the long odds when it comes to protests?

Germans protest. But as far as getting under people’s skins and firing up the crowd, we’ll give a major edge to the French, Italians, and everyone else with shorter odds. Germans are great at many things. But emotionality is not at the top of the list.

And finally, the United States also has long odds at 12/1. The all-time gold medals leader should still be considered a threat to win. After all, the U.S. has put together some globally renowned protests like the George Floyd Protests in 2020 and the 2017 Women’s March.

It’s tough to bet online against the USA. But we’ll still consider France and other similar countries to be more prolific. Sorry, America. But if you’re taking exception to our post, you can protest about it.



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