According to the Farmers Guardian the New Zealand Farmers Federation is campaigning for sheep shearing to be included in future Olympic Games.
Calling for sheep shearing to become an Olympic sport, the federation claims wool clippers are world-class athletes and that sheep shearing is now a bona fide sport which deserves international recognition.
Speaking ahead of the World Shearing Championships, due to be held on New Zealand’s North Island in March, federation spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell suggested the time had come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage.
“One way,” she said, “would be to make shearing a demonstration sport at a Commonwealth Games, if not the Olympics itself.”
She pointed out competitive shearers clip up to 700 sheep over an eight-hour period - a feat which has been likened to running two marathons back-to-back.