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Kiwi farmers want sheep shearing in Olympics

Updated: January 17, 2012, 10:56 AM ET
By Associated Press

WELLINGTON , New Zealand -- A New Zealand farm lobby group says sheep shearing has the potential to become an Olympic demonstration sport. Just don't count on seeing it at London next summer or Rio in 2016.

The "time has come to elevate shearing's sporting status to the ultimate world stage," the New Zealand Federated Farmers said in a statement Monday, adding that the world's top shearers are "athletes who take it to another level."

While shearing is a sport, ...

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