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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.

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Sailing - Various World Championships

Various Locations

3 July 2015 - 29 November 2015


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Canoe/Kayak - Slalom; World Cup III

Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

3 July 2015 - 5 July 2015


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Sailing - NACRA 17 World Championships

Aarhus, Denmark

3 July 2015 - 12 July 2015


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Volleyball - World League R1: Australia vs Serbia

Melbourne, Australia

4 July 2015


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Volleyball - World League R1: Australia vs Serbia

Canberra, Australia

5 July 2015


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Tennis - Davis Cup World Group Quarter-final tie

Darwin, Australia

17 July 2015 - 19 July 2015


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Cycling - BMX UCI World Championships

Zolder, Belgium

21 July 2015 - 26 July 2015


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Cycling - UCI BMX World Championships

Heusden - Zolder, Belgium

21 July 2015 - 25 July 2015


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Aquatics - FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

24 July 2015 - 9 August 2015


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Diving - FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

24 July 2015 - 9 August 2015


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Aquatics - Synchronised Swimming World Championships

Kazan, Russia

24 July 2015 - 31 July 2015


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Archery - 2015 World Championships

Copenhagen, Denmark

26 July 2015 - 2 August 2015


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Tennis - Davis Cup World Group Quarter-final tie

Darwin, Australia

17 July 2015 - 19 July 2015


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