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IOC may cut one Summer Games sport

Jan 30, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

The IOC executive board will discuss eliminating an event from the Olympic program and adding another during a meeting on February 12 and 13 at their headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The group will choose one sport to be dropped from the current list of 26, and that sport will then become a candidate vying for reinstatement along the seven others bidding for entry in 2020, including baseball and softball in a joint bid, wushu, sport climbing, roller sports, squash, karate, and wakeboarding.

The group will then apparently meet again in May in St. Petersburg to recommend one of those eight bidding sports for inclusion in the Olympic program. And then that decision will need to be ratified by the rest of the IOC committee members during a meeting in September in Buenos Aires, though it’s unlikely it would be overturned.

The two sports most likely on the chopping block, according to some insight gained by Reuters are taekwondo, which some consider a less popular alternative to karate, and the Modern Pentathlon, which combines running, swimming, shooting, fencing, and equestrian.

Golf and rugby sevens, which will both debut on the program at Rio 2016, are safe from the February vote.

Which sport do you want to see eliminated, and which would you love to see added?

  1. phillytj - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Running, fencing, equestrian all in the same event? How ridiculous. Cut it!

  2. phipfwe76 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I would hate to see the Modern Pentathlon go. I mean, isn’t that the definition of Olympics? I also much prefer taekwondo over judo, but that’s just a personal preference.

  3. qcubed3 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The Modern Pentathlon has outlived its usefulness or relevance. It would be wise for the Olympics to bring in Cricket, which would probably have to be the T20 variety depending on the number of allowed teams, since the regions of the world that love cricket represent almost two billion people.

  4. washburn1000 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Rugby is just football for people who aren’t big enough, strong enough and/or fast enough to play football, cut it and bring back baseball

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