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More than one sport could be added for 2020 Olympics

Sep 3, 2013, 10:39 AM EST

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The International Olympic Committee will vote to add one sport into the Olympics on Sunday, but the two that miss out may not be totally out of hope.

Baseball-softball, squash and wrestling are vying to be added into the 2020 Olympic program. The IOC membership will vote one of them in. The other two could still be part of the Games in 2020, pending a vote two days later on Tuesday.

That’s when the IOC will vote on the president to succeed Jacques Rogge. It’s possible the new president could favor more than the current number of core spots in the Olympics — 28 — which could open up space seven years down the road.

Key information for Buenos Aires IOC session

Around The Rings states the potential case for multiple sports to be added here.

“I’ve heard,” Don Porter, co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, said in a phone interview Tuesday morning as he packed to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the IOC session. “A lot of the (six) presidential candidates at times have said maybe there’s a possibility of extending the program to a certain extent. You know, why is 28 sports the magic number?”

The more important maximum number is 10,500, the limit of number of athletes in the Games (London 2012 exceeded 10,500, according to sports-reference.com/olympics). If there’s a way to add another sport without compromising that, you will certainly hear about it.

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  1. agmonaco - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    “More than one sport could be added for 2020 Olympics”

    That’s wrong. Bye-law 1.3 to Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter states: “The inclusion of any sport in the programme of any edition of any Olympic Games shall be decided not later than at the Session electing the host city of that edition of the Olympic Games.”

    So, unless the new IOC president assumes vast new powers and unilaterally alters the Charter, the 2020 sports program will be finalized in Buenos Aires this week. And that means only one of squash, wrestling, and baseball/softball will be included.

  2. mogogo1 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I don’t really mind them adding sports, but what I don’t get is why they felt the need to eliminate sports that were already in. If some sports were more sparsely attended or didn’t get as much TV time, what would that really hurt? A sport like wrestling has minimal requirements–just the mats and a simple indoor facility. A long-time sport like that should never have been in consideration for being eliminated.

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