IOC plans to cut one sport, add another
BERLIN (Reuters) – One Olympic sport will learn next month that its Games future is in jeopardy when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets to decide the shape of the summer Games from 2020.
The IOC’s executive board, meeting in Lausanne on Feb 12 and 13, will pick a core of 25 summer Olympic sports that will be put to a single vote at their session in Argentina in September.
“The IOC in February is expected to make a recommendation on the 25 core sports to be put up for a vote in Buenos Aires,” an IOC official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The organisation will recommend one sport to be cut from the original list of 26. Rugby and golf, which are being added to the Games from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will not be part of the process.
The decisions of the executive board will need to be ratified by the session in Buenos Aires but it is unlikely that the board’s recommendation would be overturned.
Several Olympic sports are reportedly at greater risk, with modern pentathlon among those mentioned most.
The IOC is eager to revamp the Games’ sports programme in an effort to keep up with the times and attract younger fans and sponsors as well as to rein in the size of the Games and keep the number of summer sports at a maximum of 28.
Modern pentathlon with its five disciplines of pistol shooting, fencing, show jumping, swimming and running, is an outdated sport with little global TV and sponsor appeal, critics say.