For those of you with ideal sports including running, boxing, fencing, shooting, cycling, modern pentathlon, or swimming; look out for the 2008 Olympics in Ballymun, Ireland.
In an attempt to influence the members of the international Olympic committee on their choice of venue for the games in the year 2008, the organizers of the recently submitted Ballymun's bid have already drawn up an itinerary and schedule of events with intentions of persuading the committee that Ballymun is without doubt a first choice location. A copy has been leaked and is reproduced below:
A petrol bomb thrown by a native of the city (preferably from the Tower Block's area), wearing the traditional balaclava will ignite the Olympic flame. The flame will be contained in a large chip van situated on the roof of the stadium.
In previous Olympic games, Ballymun's competitors have not been particularly successful. In order to redress the balance, some of the events have been altered slightly to the advantage of local 'Ballymun' athletes.
100 METRES SPRINT
Competitors will have to hold a video recorder and microwave oven (one in each arm) and on the sound of the starting pistol, a police dog will be released from a cage 10 yards behind the athletes.
100 METRES HURDLES
As above but with added obstacles (i.e.. car bonnets, hedges, garden fences, walls etc.)
Competitors in this event may choose the type of hammer they wish to use (claw, sledge etc.) the winner will be the one who can cause the most grievous bodily harm to members of the public within the time allowed.
Entrants will be asked to dispose of as much stolen silver and jewelry as possible in 5 mins.
A strong challenge is expected from the local men in this event. The first target will be a moving police van. In the second round, competitors will aim at a post office clerk, bank teller or Securicor style wages delivery man.
Entry to the boxing will be restricted to husband and wife teams, and will take place on a Friday night. The husband will be given 15 pints of lager while the wife will be told not to make him any tea when he gets home. The bout will then commence.
CYCLING TIME TRIALS
Competitors will be asked to break into the local school's bike shed and take an expensive mountain bike owned by some mummy's boy from the south side on his first trip away from home. All against the clock.
As above but the bike will be owned by a visiting member of the Australian rugby team, who will witness the theft.
Amended to include mugging, breaking and entering, flashing, joy riding and arson.
A safe route has yet to be decided, but the competitors will be issued with sharp sticks and bags with which to pick up litter on their way round the course.
SWIMMING Competitors will be thrown off the bridge over the ship canal. The first three survivors' back will decide he medals.
MENS 50KM WALK
Unfortunately this will have to be cancelled, as the police cannot guarantee the safety of anyone walking the streets of Ballymun.
THE CLOSING CEREMONY
Entertainment will include formation rave dancing by members of the Coolock Health in the Community anti-drug campaigners, synchronized rock throwing and music by the Darndale's Community Choir. The Olympic flame will be extinguished by someone dropping an old washing machine onto it from the top floor of the block of flats next to the stadium. The stadium will be then boarded up before the local athletes break into it and remove all the copper piping and the central heating boiler.