Kyudo in the Olympics

Kyudo as an Olympic sport is a straw man which arises every so often in discussions of the art. After all, if tug-of-war and croquet used to be Olympic sports then why not kyudo? (I am not making this up.)

Alas the requirements for a sport to be included in the modern Olympics are somewhat stricter: 

1.1 only sports widely practiced by men in at least seventy five
countries and on four continents, and by women in
at least forty countries and on three continents, may be
included in the programme of the Games of the
1.2 only sports widely practised in at least twenty-five
countries and on three continents may be included in the
programme of the Olympic Winter Games;
From the above requirements you can see that few people living today have to worry about kyudo being included in the Olympics unless there is stunning growth in kyudo overseas in the very near future. There is one requirement however which is about to be met: 

3.2 To be included in the programme of the Olympic Games,
events must have a recognised international standing
both numerically and geographically, and have been
included at least twice in world or continental
Country representatives are now gathering in Japan for ratification of the bylaws and other administrative procedures to form the new International Kyudo Federation. One of the major activities of the new IKYF will be the holding of a world kyudo championship every few years with the first one to be held 2009 if all goes well. In theory that would satisfy the world championship requirements. But there is yet another requirement for Olympic sport: 

1.3 only sports that adopt and implement the World Anti-
Doping Code can be included and remain in the
programme of the Olympic Games;
Ah yes, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the indignity of urine testing. I must confess that before and after kyudo tests and tournaments I have indeed spent much time peeing into urinals but the idea of someone actually collecting my urine, taking its temperature to be sure it's mine and not someone else's and then analyzing it just makes me want to say eeeEEEEWWWWWW! Where kyudo begins with a bow and ends with a bow, sport kyudo will now end with...well, you get the idea. For those interested in Olympic sport requirements you can click here.
There is one exception of course to Olympic eligibility rules. Host countries can nominate so-called exhibition sports. And sure enough, that is exactly what Japan attempted for the 1940 Olympics. Judo, kendo and kyudo were added to the Olympic games and had the games not been canceled kyudo would finally have made it to the Olympics. Who knows what would have happened but I have visions of crash courses in kyudo being given to every gaijin in Japan to keep the event from being 100% Japanese. 

In researching kyudo and the Olympics I did find a very interesting article on the Olympics and Judo. The article is about issues surrounding the Olympics, Judo and the effect of TV and funding. But if you substitute the word "kyudo" for "judo" in the article I suspect it may well reflect the state of sport kyudo in a few years. I especially like the opening: 

In 1922 judo founder Jigoro Kano resigned from his position as head 
of the Japan Amateur Athletic Association because he disagreed with 
its policy of encouraging professionals to enter international competition 
in hope of inflating Japanese medal counts. [EN1] A few years later, Kano 
told Olympic leader Pierre de Coubertin that judo was inappropriate for 
inclusion in the Olympics because it was not a sport but 
a school of life: judo, said Kano, was not a game, but instead it was 
"like a church, it teaches a man a moral sense." [EN2] 
In 1933, Kano told the young British judoka 
Trevor Leggett that, while he had nothing against competition, 
he was against championships; to his thinking, championships degraded 
people by placing too much emphasis on winning. [EN3] 
Finally, during a luncheon speech given at the 
Pan-Pacific Club in Tokyo on June 14, 1935, Kano complained 
that "competition sometimes makes men go to extremes and results 
in their doing themselves serious internal injury."[EN4]
So, despite the International Olympic Committee announcing on 
March 16, 1938 that judo, kendo, and kyudo (Japanese archery) would be 
demonstration sports featured at the 1940 Olympics, [EN5] 
it seems clear that in his time, Jigoro Kano sensei never wanted 
judo in the Olympics. 
You can find the article by clicking here.