Pope wants Vatican to host Olympic games

The world’s smallest official country, Vatican City could possibly host the 2024 Olympics.

A high ranking cardinal of the seat of Catholic power has confirmed that Pope Francis has backed Rome’s attempt to gain rights to host the Olympics.  He also believes that the Vatican should be one of the host venues.  The supreme pontiff himself is supposedly holding talks with the Italian olympic committee sometime next week.

Interestingly enough, there are two sports shortlisted for the Vatican.  Archery, and football!

Archery is pretty easy to see.  With all the Swiss Guards around, constantly practicing different ways to kill a man with weapons not seen in combat since the last episode of Game of Thrones, archery classes were probably involved at some point.

But… football?  Not even American football.  We’re talking World Cup (German Blitz) fütbol!  Or, for my probably American audience: soccer.

I will admit, I’m a bit confused by this choice of sport.  When I think of the Vatican, the mental image that comes to mind usually isn’t a soccer field.  Still, it would be pretty interesting to watch!  Just imagine:  Germany, the feared World Cup champions, vs the Swiss Guard, dressed in flashy blue and yellow jerseys.  As a German-American, it pains me to say this, but my money would be on the Vatican in this match.  I mean, the Pope will be there, watching (and probably praying) over his team.  It would be the greatest case of home-field advantage in history!  Instead of doves, Pope Francis would just be throwing yellow and red cards out the window.  He could even wear a special black and white striped hat!