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Summer Sports

Since Athens 1896, there have been many changes to the sports on the summer Olympic program. There were 26 sports contested at London 2012 and at Rio 2016 golf and rugby-7s join the program to reach 28. Aquatics, canoe/kayak, cycling, gymnastics, equestrian, volleyball and wrestling have multiple disciplines. Learn more on each sports page.

Winter Sports

The first Winter Olympic Games, Chamonix 1924, had six sports on the program and 16 events. Today the number of sports has only increased by one to seven with multiple disciplines in bobsleigh, skating and skiing. At the 2014 Games in Sochi Russia - alpine parrallel team skiing, snowboard and ski slopestyle were added meaning 98 events were contested.

Discontinued Sports

A number of sports previously on the Olympic program have been dropped throughout Games history. Golf and rugby union were discontinued but have been reinstated to the Olympic program for Rio 2016. Baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Games.

Calendar of Events

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Sailing - 470 World Championships

San Isidro, Argentina

1 February 2016 - 29 February 2016


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Sailing - NACRA17/49ER/FX World Championships

Clearwater, Florida

7 February 2016 - 14 February 2016


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Winter Youth Olympic Games

Lillehammer, Norway

12 February 2016 - 21 February 2016


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Diving - Rio Test Event

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

19 February 2016 - 24 February 2016


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Football - Women's AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Japan

29 February 2016 - 9 March 2016


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Canoe/Kayak Slalom - Australian Open

Penrith, New South Wales

5 February 2016 - 7 February 2016


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Swimming - 2016 Open and Age Open Water Championships

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD

12 February 2016 - 14 February 2016


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Canoe/Kayak Sprint - Grand Prix 2

West Lakes, South Australia

12 February 2016 - 14 February 2016


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Rowing – National Selection Trials (Olympic)

Penrith, NSW

15 February 2016 - 19 February 2016


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Golf - Australian Open (women)

TBC

18 February 2016 - 21 February 2016


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Canoe/Kayak Slalom - Oceania Championships

Penrith, New South Wales

19 February 2016 - 21 February 2016


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Athletics - Oceania & Australian 20km Race Walking Challenge

Adelaide, Australia

21 February 2016


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Winter Youth Olympic Games

Lillehammer, Norway

12 February 2016 - 21 February 2016


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