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Ski Cross To Be Olympic Sport In 2010

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Reuters reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Tuesday approved ski cross at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and all new events introduced at this year’s Turin Games will also remain on the program.

But the IOC turned down other disciplines including women’s ski jumping, biathlon, mixed relay, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge team competitions as well as the Alpine skiing national team event and blocked the entry of curling mixed doubles.

IOC member Ottavio Cinquanta said women’s ski jumping had a limited appeal at the moment and too few athletes globally practiced the sport. She said, “therefore we said no but we don’t say it will never be”.

Ski orienteering, ski mountaineering and winter Triathlon were ruled out for the 2014 Winter Games. A venue has not yet been decided upon.

The IOC Board also approved major changes in the process of setting the Summer Games sport program following criticism of its arduous selection process at the IOC session in Singapore in 2005 where members voted on each of the 28 sports. Baseball and softball were cut from the program leaving only 26 sports for the London 2012 Games.

Under the new system the executive board will propose a slate of sports to be voted on as a bloc by the general assembly. If the proposal fails to win a majority the members will then vote sport by sport. Write or read comments about this article

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