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Games without frontiers

As Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth have a whale of a time in Manchester, we can't help but feel sorry for the 70% of the world who weren't eligible to enter - just because they didn't enjoy British colonial rule in the 19th Century.

So, to give a few more countries a crack at the whip, TFT would like to propose the following additions to next year's sporting calendar...

13 October 2002

- The Third Reich Games

Commencing with the ceremonial 'lighting of the Reichstag' by Alexandra Mussolini, the Third Reich Games will celebrate Nazi Germany's quest for Lebensraum during World War II. To be eligable, competitors must come from a country that either allied with or was occupied by the Nazis between 1939-1945. Britain won't participate at all, Belgium will refuse to compete at first but will eventually enter after a couple of weeks and America might join in at the last minute depending on who's winning.


- The Roman Empire Games

Including athletes from England, Wales, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Africa, Egypt, Asia Minor and Syria, the Roman Empire Games will be a bit like the Olympics but without the risk of the Americans and Russians winning all the medals. Scottish athletes will be eligible to compete but will chose not to, preferring to watch from behind a wall.


- The Ottoman Games

As well as giving Israelis and Palestinians the chance to compete together under one flag, The Ottoman Games will be one of the few Games to allow Iraq to enter. To be held on Crete as it's easiest for everyone to get to. Except the Algerians, but you can't please everyone.



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