Monday, February 11, 2013

Report: International Olympic Committee to axe one sport from the 2020 games


Bad news for fans of taekwondo, wrestling, badminton, table tennis, and modern pentathlon (a combination of fencing, horse riding, swimming, running, and shooting).

On Tuesday, one of those sports will be dropped from the 2020 Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Modern pentathlon has been an Olympic sport since 1912, taekwondo since 2000, wrestling since 1896, badminton since 1992, and table tennis since 1988. After Tuesday, one of these sports will be Olympic history, literally.
The report analyzes more than three dozen criteria, including television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity.

The last sports removed from the Olympics were baseball and softball, voted out by the IOC in 2005 and off the program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Joining the Olympics at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro will be golf and rugby.

Also on the agenda for the committee on Tuesday is to review preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC is planning to announce the host for the 2020 games in September. The cities vying for the honors include Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid.

Via Los Angeles Times

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