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2020 Sports Equation

13 February 2013

IOC: On 12 February, 2013, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The 125th IOC Session will take place from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 25 sports are: archery, aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, taekwondo, sailing, shooting, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball, weightlifting.

The EB recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), not be included on the list of core sports. Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport.

The eight sports are scheduled to make presentations to the Executive Board at its meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, in May. The EB will select which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion as an additional sport on the 2020 programme. The eight sports are now known as the rotational group.

In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games.

Golf and rugby sevens were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic programme. At the 2013 IOC Session, members will vote on the composition of the 2020 Olympic Programme including the 25 core sports and one possible additional new sport proposed by the EB – Provided that golf and rugby sevens are automatically part of the programme in 2020 and that the programme includes a maximum of 28 sports.

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