‘Make Hide and Seek an Olympic sport’

Hugo Rodallega practices his technique

A Japanese professor wants to make the Olympics more accessible by introducing competitive hide and seek.

Yasuo Hazaki, 64,  says the sport would be perfect for the 2020 games that will be hosted in his home country and end the disassociation between elite athletes and fans.

"Hide-and-seek is a sport that anybody can play, from children as young as 4 years old to someone who is in their 80s," he told the Daily Telegraph.

To prevent the possibility of games lasting deep into the night when one player has discovered a particularly devious hiding place, Prof Hazaki’s Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee have limited games to 10 minutes and the game zone to 20m by 20m (65ft by 65ft).

Two teams of seven compete against each other securing points for spotting and touching members of the opposition.

All Prof Hazaki now needs to do is to convince the International Olympic Committee that Hide and Seek is more worthy than the current favourite for inclusion in 2020, wrestling.