Demonstration Sports at the 1952 Olympic Games

Under the I.O.C. rules in 1952, the Organizing Committee was able to add to the program two sports demonstrations, one a national sport, the other a sport not practised in the organizing country. For the national sport the Organizing Committee had chosen two years earlier Finnish baseball. For the foreign sport the first choice was rugby football. Negotiations with the Rugby Football Union in England failed, therefore they decided to substitute field handball.

Field Handball - the national teams of Sweden and Denmark were invited to play the demonstration match. (see more about the Field Handball demonstration in 1952)

Pesäpallo - It is a variation of baseball, sometimes called Finnish Baseball. A match was played between two Finnish teams: the Finnish Baseball League and the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation. (see more about the Pesäpallo demonstration in 1952)

To enrich the program on these occasions, staged in the Olympic Stadium, the Organizing Committee accepted offers by Finnish gymnastic organizations to provide fillers on both days.

Synchronized Swimming - there was no mention of a demonstration of synchronized swimming in the official Olympic report, though there are reports of an exhibition of the sport in Helsinki in 1952. (see more about the synchronized swimming demonstration in 1952)

source: 1952 Official Report

Share:

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions or corrections? Please let us know.

Olympics Extra

The next Olympic Games are the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022, followed by the Summer version in Paris 2024. Check out the list of Olympic Games sports, as well as discontinued and demonstration sports.

Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

How to Cite