opening ceremony was a brilliant mess of unabashedly bonkers Britishness, but all this national character suddenly feels lacking when watching the sports on offer. You could argue that none of the events in London 2012 have a true British vibe, because every great Olympic sport we invented, we promptly exported and forgot how to play.Danny Boyle’s
Take tennis for example; before Murray’s epic Sunday victory, the
last time Britain won gold in tennis was 1908, way back when you could
get a medal in the tug of war. Clearly what’s needed is a sport that
shows off some of what Britain’s really all about: beer, pork
scratchings and drunken bankers. So where the hell are the medals for
darts this summer?
Hidden just off London Bridge in the square mile is Porters Lodge,
the capital’s waterhole with a reputation as “darting heaven” amongst
those in the know. The locals in the Lodge here are pretty pissed — pun
fully intended — at their sport of choice missing out on a chance in the
Olympic spotlight. The British Darts Organisation lobbied strongly for
darts to be included in London 2012, but despite being recognised as a
bona-fide sport in 2005 (the year London won the games) and members of
the Olympic Committee attending Lakeside World Pro Darts Championships,
it wasn’t added to the list.