Don't you see, old chaps, the British Empire was not built on sweat (at least not the sweat of the British) and as such a competition which is to represent the very essence of the commonwealth cannot include a sport as inducive to sweating as our own.
Besides lets be honest it's more of a French sport and they are the very antithesis of what it means to be part of the British empire. What with all that style and culture? What?
Anyone for a game of Lawn Bowls while we wait for the second inning?