Despite its longtime association with, let’s say, a slightly older demographic, a campaign is underway to add bingo to the roster of Olympics events in time for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Campaigners have already written to the International Olympic Committee after a survey of 1,000 Brits saw 95% support the move.

Now there is an online petition to generate wider public support, and with thousands of online bingo players across the world, it’s bound to garner a lot of signatures. But the jury’s still out on whether bingo can succeed where poker and chess have failed in the past.

Mecca Bingo’s Caroline Webb was optimistic.

She told Metro: “Successful bingo playing requires a steady hand, intense concentration and mental agility; three attributes that most athletes are keen to possess and that our members have by the bucket-load.
“All of the factors that make for a great game of bingo are evident within the criteria set by the Committee and we are proud to continue our campaign, knowing we have the support of over 95% of Brits.”

What do you think? Should bingo be an Olympic sport? How would you make it more exciting for a television audience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Katherine O'Brien
Katherine is a Bingo veteran. She used to while away her weekends at the local Bingo Hall, catching up with her friends, and winning the occasional prize too. In 2007 she discovered online bingo and has never looked back. Katherine is now an online regular and keeps in touch with her bingo friends though the online chat rooms.
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