Did they really play croquet at the Olympics?

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With two years to go until the London Olympics, organisers have been showing off some of the state-of-the art facilities. But the 2012 Games won't include many sports that were commonplace in some of the previous 26 Olympics, as charted here.

Tug of war, croquet and cricket - they sound like activities suited to a village fete. But in the past they have all featured as Olympic sports. A quick glance down the page reveals athletics as the mainstay of the games, alongside swimming, fencing and gymnastics.

In total nine sports have made just one appearance, BMX cycling is due to make its second in 2012, and others including tennis and basketball have bounced in, out and back into the Games.

Graphic showing Olympic events through the years

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