According to recent reports*,Â racewalking looks like being cut from the Commonwealth Games program permanently. I think this would be a pity if it happened. I spent most of my highschool evenings training as a racewalker. Indeed, the one national medal I got in the sport** is probably the only sporting accolade I’m ever likely to acquire in my life.
Unlike synchronised swimming, the other sport that looks like being cut, racewalking is an outdoors, cardiovascular sport. In fact, it’s a lot like running — just without the knee damage. Several of the veterans who were competing when I was in the sport had switched from running to racewalking after knee reconstruction surgery.
In international tournaments with developed and developing countries, I can see equity arguments for dropping events that require expensive equipment (bikes, swords, pools). But that’s not the case here.
* I heard it on the radio last night, but can’t find a web link to the story.
** Under-19 division, teams event.