I think the targets popping out randomly is also a form of archery sport. For something like the Olympics though, it's easier to compare performance with everybody shooting under the exact same conditions, hence target shooting.That isn't the point i'm making. My point is this: I bet not a single one of them could handle a proper bow and arrow (by this I mean, when bows and arrows were actually still used). They have these super high tech, metal, nicely balanced, with aiming bars etc etc bows, and perfect arrows, and it's all pointless.
If I put you in the wild, and offered you that bow and arrow, or a gun, which would you take? Only an idiot wouldn't choose the gun as priority.
The whole idea behind it becomes redundant when they start "high-teching" the equipment up.
Here's how I would arrange the archery:
Day 1: You go out into the wild with a very basic knife made of stone, and have 24 hours to find the appropriate materials and fashion yourself out a bow and arrows.
Day 2: You are put into a cage with a wild, and very hungry bear. Last animal standing wins.
The result? Not a single one of them would even have a bow ready after the 24 hours. I bet none of them would even know what type of wood to look for.
I must stress my point: the "sport" becomes redundant once it becomes "futuristic". It no longer has its "essence", and becomes a drawback version of target shooting with the most high-tech gun.
EDIT: I may as well add that I was talking to someone the other day who also agreed with me, and proposed a different idea. You walk around a track, where targets randomly pop out of the bushes or whatever, and you are given points based on how fast, and how accurate, the shots you make are.
How many sports haven't been "high-tech"-ed up these days? Maybe track and field runners should run barefoot on unpaved tracks, and swimmers should go without their high tech suits specially designed to minimize drag.
On topic: I don't think cubing should be in the Olympics. Not just based on whether it is or isn't a sport, as plenty of sports aren't in the Olympics. Top Olympic athletes have dedicated their whole lives to their sport. Most have been training from a very young age. Compare that to cubing, where any shmuck can pick up a cube and become a contender at national or even world championships within a year or two.
And face it, Olympic sports emphasize physical training and fitness. This is why I don't think chess would ever become an Olympic sport either. Sure, cubing has a physical aspect, but that's mostly just dexterity. If that were enough, you would see pen-spinning, juggling, card tricks, glowsticking, Rubik's magic, and yes, even cupstacking as contenders for Olympic sports.