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IOC discussing new disciplines for Rio

Apr 9, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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IOC officials said Tuesday they’ll consider expanding the number of disciplines of current Olympic sports in the lead up to the Rio Games. That’s right, wrestling fans, they’ve potentially dropped your event all together, but are considering 3-on-3 basketball, BMX street, and a lot more swimming.

“All of [the governing bodies] believe that adding something will be fantastic for their sport,” IOC sports director Christophe Dubi told the Associated Press. “We look at it from the other angle: Will that bring, or not, an added value to the Olympic Games?”

FINA, swimming’s governing body, seems to be the most vocal in their push for eight more races and extra entrants in nearly every single aquatic event, including diving and synchronized swimming.

The IOC is also sure to expand the beach volleyball field from 24 teams to 32, as they consider it the “signature sport” of the Rio Games. Beach soccer, which also would have been a great centerpiece on the beaches of Rio, was also initially considered but never officially discussed between FIFA and the IOC.

All that said, gender equality seems to be high on the agenda as well, and was apparently a big part of the reason why wrestling, which had seven men’s Greco-Roman classes in London for men but zero for women, lost favor during February’s IOC vote that recommended the sports removal from the 2020 Olympics schedule.

“Yes, that was always a controversy that they didn’t have women for Greco,” Dubi admitted regarding February’s now infamous vote. “I will be interested to see what they will propose for Rio.”

The wrestling community will host an emergency meeting in Moscow next month to see what, if anything, can help them retain their spot on the 2020 Olympics schedule.

Meanwhile, the IOC executive board is planning to meet August 9 in Moscow to decide which of the sports would be worthwhile to expand after they examine reports from Dubi’s team.

  1. hjworton46 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    There is already far too much swimming in Olympic competition. Utter rubbish.

  2. florida727 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I’m good with extra entrants for swimming events, not extra events just for the sake of extra events.

    I used to work at IBM in Chicago with a lady named Terry Carr. I want to say it was the Mexico City Olympics (a long time ago obviously) where she had the third fastest time in the world in her event, but the two faster times were also Americans, and at the time only two from any one country could compete per event. She walked in the Opening Ceremonies, had/has all the gear, etc., but she never got a chance to earn a medal. That’s wrong. You want to do something to improve the Games, fix that kind of injustice.

  3. trueriddleofsteel - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    More swimming? Come on, there are already too many swimming events, butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke,backstroke (yeah, have a race in the slowest swimming method.,..). There are already 34 different swimming events and the global competitiveness is small; only 19 different countries won medals, out of 102 total medals 4 countries won 62 of them. If anything swimming numbers should be scaled back because there isn’t much global competition.

    Same with BMX.

    As for the gender equity issue mentioned in wrestling, particularly about greco roman wrestling not having a women’s division. First, the IOC limited the number of weight divisions for women’s freestyle wrestling, so the IOC is responsible for that inequality.
    Second, if women don’t compete in the sport why is that a concern? Women and men do not need to compete in every event. The Olympics do have two events that are just for women: synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics. Why is there not a controversy with those two events?

    Both sailing and rowing has 2 more events for men than women.
    Boxing has 7 more weight divisions for men than women.
    Canoeing has 6 more events for men than women.

    As for 3 on 3 basketball? Who the heck plays 3 on 3 basketball? Is this an Olympic event for pickup games? I wasn’t award there was a current world championship for 3 on 3 basketball.

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