After clinching the much sought after opportunity to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Japan is eager to set a precedent for the international sporting event.
That is exactly what a 64-year-old Japanese professor is pushing for, by introducing hide-and-seek as a competitive sport at the summer games.
Yasuo Hazaki told the Daily Telegraph that he may no longer have the agility of an Olympic athlete, but still has the necessary cunning.
“I would like hide-and-seek to be one of the exhibition sports in 2020 and then it could become an official event at subsequent Olympics,” said Hazaki, a professor of media studies at Josai International University.
Hide-and-seek is a sport that can be played by anyone, according to Hazaki, also the head of the Japan Hide-and Seek Promotion Committee.
“I want to encourage sport for all, meaning that anyone can take part, regardless of age, gender or ability,” he said.
The committee has around 1,000 members across the country since it was set up in 2010.
Hazaki introduced formal rules for competitive hide-and-seek, pitting two teams of seven players against each other in a 10-minute match.
Teams are given two minutes to hide on a “pitch” while the other team has to seek them out.
Hazaki said the 2020 Olympic Games is the right time to introduce the children’s game.
“It may be difficult to get hide-and-seek into the Olympics – the IOC just kicked wrestling out, and that is a sport that has been around for a long time – but I see Tokyo 2020 as our big chance,” he said.
By: Maesie Bertumen