New Zealand campaign to make sheep shearing an Olympic event | The Guardian UK

New Zealand campaign to make sheep shearing an Olympic event

It probably had to come, from a country with almost ten times as many sheep as people: New Zealand wants sheep shearing made into an Olympic event.

New Zealand campaign to make sheep shearing an Olympic event

Many of the world’s best shearers take part in New Zealand’s own national Golden Shears contest Photo: Alamy

The New Zealand Farmers Federation, a rural lobby group, claims wool shearers should be recognised alongside the world’s finest athletes for their “sport”.

Jeanette Maxwell, a spokesman for the federation, describes top shearers as “athletes who take it to another level”.

She said: “I can testify to the physical effort shearing takes.

“Surely, the time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage.

“One way would be to make shearing a demonstration sport at the Commonwealth Games, if not the Olympics itself.”

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