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Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Snake charmers push for Olympics

A campaign group in India is reported to be pushing for the inclusion of a new event in the 2004 Olympic Games.

With almost three thousand members, the "Coalition for Inclusion of Reptilian Gymnastics in Olympic Competition" wants to see snake-charming introduced as a new Olympic sport.

It feels the games are biased towards sports in which American and European athletes excel, and says that in India snake charming is seen as a sport; entrants are judged on the agility and grace of the cobras as they sway to the music the competitors play.

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