With the hundreds of thousands of people who play netball for fun and competitively, a good question to ask is why netball isn’t an Olympic sport. Back in 1995 netball was recognised as an Olympic sport (after a mere 20 years of focused lobbying!), but it has never been included in any summer Olympic games. The netball community views this omission as one of the main reasons why the game isn’t as popular worldwide as it should be. The reasons for this stance by the Olympic Committee have been mooted as being because this wonderful game is mainly played in countries which are members of the British Commonwealth and by players who are mainly female.

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A campaign by http://netballsquad.co.uk/netball-olympics/ to get netball recognised as an Olympic sport was robust in its approach but was unable to sway the 2020 Tokyo committee who plumped for baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports …