<p>It's not even the Commonwealth games but around here it's just as important. It's the annual Azusagawa Summer games day (not to be confused with the Autumn sports day or winter games day). After the fiasco over 'professional' (read experienced) players on certain teams dominating the competition (not hard when most teams are made up of farmers and retirees but still...)
So this year they borrowed equipment from the Nagano senior Citizens clubs association - yes, we have one of those- and chose a new sport.
I think this was the sport they played on board ships from England to Australia to kil time. I really didn't consider it sport at all till I tried it. It's haarder than it looks! Practice was last Monday and THE MATCH is this Sunday. The Okubo team has not one but two coaches and they're taking it all very seriously. The shuffleboard team is essentially the same team as last year's famous-for-an-epic-choke one bound volleyball team so we have our pride on the line here.
It's not the Olympics but we'll be doing our best anyway!</p>