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Have I got this right? Is the IOC selecting 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympics, and then I assume the 3 excluded plus new sports will compete for the final 3 places???

In which case, ignoring personal preference, what sports will most likely be outside the core list?

My gut says Modern Pentathlon and two of Badminton, Boxing and Taekwondo. Sailing and Equestrian would also both be possibilities, IMO.

Personally I would be quite gutted to see Badminton out of the core list.

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Maybe this is the way to bring change to Olympic sports, drop them and initiate change and then put them back on.

Squash, not Wrestling, is the real victim of the EB's boneheaded move to kick Wrestling out of the games.

squash? neaah if u add st new let it be a sexy one:)

My gut says Modern Pentathlon and two of Badminton, Boxing and Taekwondo. Sailing and Equestrian would also both be possibilities, IMO.

Personally I would be quite gutted to see Badminton out of the core list.

I think you are right. Though taekwondo had a strong performance. I would also say shooting would be on my short list.

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Why does any current sport have to be dropped if it ain't broke(n)? If the IOC wants to get rid of a sport, golf shouldn't have been added in the first place.

Totally agree, if they want to get rid of an expensive and uneccessary sport, golf before anything else!

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Have I got this right? Is the IOC selecting 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympics, and then I assume the 3 excluded plus new sports will compete for the final 3 places???

In which case, ignoring personal preference, what sports will most likely be outside the core list?

If I'm not wrong, golf and rugby can't be cut for 2020, so they'll actually be selecting 27 core sports (they'll pick 25 of the 26 sports contested in London + golf and rugby). I think there's one sport that will be voted out in early 2013, but this sport will automatically become a candidate for inclusion in 2020, so in the end there might be no changes. In any case, there can't be more than one different sport in 2020 with regard to 2016.

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If I'm not wrong, golf and rugby can't be cut for 2020, so they'll actually be selecting 27 core sports (they'll pick 25 of the 26 sports contested in London + golf and rugby). I think there's one sport that will be voted out in early 2013, but this sport will automatically become a candidate for inclusion in 2020, so in the end there might be no changes. In any case, there can't be more than one different sport in 2020 with regard to 2016.

Ahhh that makes more sense. if a sport is voted off, I would doubt they'd subsequently by the selected 28th sport; I would imagine the IOC would favour something shiny and new. I hope that won't be the system indefinitely because it seems like it could evolve into removing sports for no justifiable reason other than to add something new.

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On IOC matters, one of the important decisions you have to make in the next half-year or so is about sports, cutting a sport from the Olympic program and then later on next year deciding whether to add a sport to the Olympic program. First of all, the idea of allowing baseball and softball to compete as one federation – that's a very unusual move for the IOC. You had to review it as part of the Juridical Commission?

TB: Yes, we were asked by the two federations how and in which way they could make an application just for one spot in the Olympic program, and then the IOC president requested an opinion of the commission, and the advice was pretty clear.

They have different choices: they could go individually for two spots; if, however, they want to go for one spot, then it must be one federation only, and it cannot just be a joint bid by two federations.

I think it’s a major step forward in the development of these two sports because they can indeed be complimentary with regard to international representation. After a merger, we would have equal representation of men and women. The co-operation with regard to the construction of facilities all over the world, of training and so on can be much closer and then better, so I definitely think that it is, irrespective of the candidature for the program, irrespective of legal issues, it’s a great step forward in the development of softball and baseball.

ATR: Now the actual decision that you and your colleagues need to make on the Executive Board next February – cutting a sport – that’s a very difficult decision.

TB: We need not to cut a sport. We need to see the evaluation of London and then to compare it with the candidates, so there are different options. It can very well be that the 26 which are on the program here in London plus two – golf and rugby – or it could be it’s 25 plus two and then one spot would be open, and so I’m really interested to see the evaluation of the London results.

And then before it’s just premature to speculate about the different sports. And the program, anyways, is a piece of art.

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Totally agree, if they want to get rid of an expensive and uneccessary sport, golf before anything else!

I may be wrong, but isn't Sailing the most expensive sport to stage?

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I may be wrong, but isn't Sailing the most expensive sport to stage?

No. It's Athletics. You have to build a godamn $500 - $900 million venue for it!! Sailing is cheap. Just provide the berths for the boats. The water/sea is free; you don't even have to put up viewing stands. The second cauldron is a small, added expense.

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The seven sports bidding for a spot on the programme at the 2020 Olympic Games are all set to face a key inspection before the end of the year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) named the Evaluation Events that they will attend for each discipline.

Baseball and softball have put in joint bid while climbing, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboard and wushu are also hoping for inclusion.

The IOC is set to attend a major championships for each of the seven sports before the end of the year to compile a report on the merits of the sport and its bid.

The IOC will then make a final decision on which sport, if any, to include at its Session in Buenos Aires in September next year.

Softball has already faced an evaluation after the IOC visited the 2012 Softball Women's World Championships (pictured top) in Whitehorse, Canada, which took place from July 11 and 12 and saw Japan claim a 2-1 victory over the United States in the final.

The evaluation came before softball and baseball officially announced that they would put forward a joint bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Baseball will face its IOC evaluation at the continental qualifying tournament for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in Regensburg, Germany, which takes place from September 20-24.

Roller sports will come under the spotlight next at the 2012 World Speed Skating Championships in Ascoli Piceno, Italy on September 7-15, while climbing will be evaluated at the XII IFSC World Championships in Paris, France on September 12-16.

Wushu will also be visited in September at the Fifth World Junior Wushu Championships in Macau, China on September 17-25.

Meanwhile, wakeboard will be evaluated at the Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Manila, Philippines from November 8 to 11 and squash will be visited at the Hong Kong Squash Open in Hong Kong, China from November 21 to December 2.

The only sport that is yet to have a confirmed IOC inspection event is karate but it is likely that the IOC will select the World Senior Championships in Paris, France on November 21-25 as the event is the sport's showpiece competition.

Only a maximum of 28 sports are allowed at the Olympic Games and this will be reached at Rio 2016 with the inclusion of golf and rugby sevens.

However, it is highly likely that at least one of the seven sports will be included in the 2020 Olympic sports programme with the IOC set to remove at least one discipline currently on the sports programme.

Modern pentathlon and taekwondo are thought to be the sports facing the biggest risk of being axed from the Olympic programme.

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The IOC will then make a final decision on which sport, if any, to include at its Session in Buenos Aires in September next year.

Does this mean that only one sport can make it to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires?

And, in case they decide not to nominate any of them, would they still have to vote a sport off in early 2013?

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Inside Lines: Taekwondo and modern pentathlon could take a hit

Taekwondo, one of the big hits of London 2012, is facing the chop from the Olympics.

Also under threat is the modern pentathlon, the five-event discipline which many believe represents the original values of the Games. This is because there is pressure to include fresh sports, with karate and squash among seven bidding for a place in the Olympics of 2020.

A maximum of 28 sports are allowed on the programme and this will be reached when golf and rugby sevens are included at Rio in 2016. The International Olympic Committee are currently examining applications from both karate and squash, with roller sports, wakeboarding, baseball, softball, indoor climbing and the Chinese martial art of wushu also in contention for 2020. It is likely that at least one of these will be voted in, possibly two, with the increasingly popular karate and squash both mounting impressive promotional campaigns that put taekwondo and modern pentathlon, two sports in which Britain has just won Olympic medals, at serious risk.

Taekwondo, which originated in Korea as "the way of the fist and the foot", is a comparatively new Olympic sport, making its debut at Sydney 2000. Dropping it would be a real kick in the teeth for GB, now among the world's top nations, with Jade Jones's gold and Lutalo Muhammad's bronze in London adding to the bronze won by Sarah Stevenson in Beijing.

However, there is a feeling that there are too many contact sports in the Games, with taekwondo more vulnerable than boxing, wrestling and judo should karate, which claims greater appeal worldwide, find favour.

Britain has been even more successful at modern pentathlon, which embraces shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running, with golds for the men's team led by Jim Fox in 1976, individual gold for Steph Cook in 2000 and silver for Samantha Murray in London. A decision will be made in September next year, when the host city for the 2020 Games will be chosen from Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid.

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Wushu faces IOC evaluation in Macau for 2020 Olympic bid

Wushu is facing its key inspection from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the 4th World Junior Wushu Championships, the sport's evaluation event for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, began today in Macau.

The Championships, which will feature both male and female athletes between 15 and 18 years of age, will run from today to September 25 and be the biggest to date as it takes place in the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion in Macau, a special administrative region of China.

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Many experts consider wushu to be outside contenders to make the 2020 Olympic programme and it has a hugely important figure fighting its corner in the form of IWUF President Yu Zaiqing of China.

The 61-year-old, who was vice-president of Beijing 2008, became an IOC member in 2000 and has since held numerous powerful positions in the organisation, including the role of IOC vice-president from 2008 to 2012.

"Wushu is a sport that embodies many of the Olympic values," said Zaiqing.

"We believe that it can make a fantastic contribution to the Olympic Games and we are very honoured that the IOC has shortlisted wushu for inclusion for the 2020 Olympic Games.

"We are hopeful we can now prove that our sport deserves to be at the Games."

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Squash's gladiatorial and athletic skills can finally lead to Olympics inclusion in 2020, says bid guru Mike Lee

Squash, to the surprise of many, has fought a long battle to be included on to the Olympic programme. At an International Olympic Committee meeting in Singapore in 2005 it was one of two sports put forward for London 2012 after baseball and softball where ejected from the Games.

However, squash and karate failed to obtain the IOC’s two-thirds majority vote which left the Olympic programme still standing at 26 sports. The IOC amended its controversial 2004 charter for the Rio 2016 vote where only a single majority was deemed necessary, but golf and rugby sevens were given the nod. The IOC said at the time the two sports were more "commercially viable”.

Now, squash chiefs have turned to bid guru Mike Lee to finally end the sport’s final fence hic-cups. Lee, who has masterminded several notable bid successes including London 2012, Rio 2016 and Qatar’s World Cup in 2020, believes it is time the sport shaped up and cast past failings aside.

“They [World Squash] were aware of a number of mega bids we did,” he told Telegraph Sport, “and it was clear that they recognised that they needed a much more professional campaign.

“I firmly believe squash will be a great Olympic sport. It is a sport which will bring new countries to the medal podium [likely to include Malaysia and Egypt]. It is gladiatorial, truly athletic and played to fantastic levels of fitness. It’s a game of great strategy.

What we bring is a combination of winning campaigns, how we structure and integrate it and how we put the bid themes together.”

With one year to go until the IOC executive vote in Buenos Aires, squash is now one of the leading candidates to land the one new sport on offer for the 2020 Games. Squash’s rivals? Baseball and softball (in a joint bid), climbing, wushu (Chinese martial art), karate, roller sports and surfing.

“You just can’t predict the outcome from this far out,” said Lee. “We are still early on in the process and squash has been campaigning over a quite considerable amount of time with previous applications. But we are ahead of the other sports promoting themselves.”

The sport - around 30,000 players globally are likely to take part in World Squash Day next Saturday - has certainly upped its commercial game in recent years.

A professional TV outfit produces high-definition and four-corner coverage of the professional tour, a world away from the one-camera position that initiated squash’s downfall on the BBC. Innovative glass floors and on-court lighting have also enhanced viewing.

However, squash still has a considerable mountain to climb. Not least with the battle to compete against those sports seen at the London Olympics. Thanks to the success of the Games, a channel called London Legacy, dedicated to minority sports, is due to be launched on BSkyB by a Yorkshire TV production company.

Squash's own coverage, Lee says, hinges on “where medallists are energising a country of national heroes.” It’s a sobering thought when you consider that Britain - thanks to the success of Willstrop and Matthew - has churned out victory after victory on the world tour over the last two years.

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ISF and IBF merge to create one unique and united sports federation

October 15 - The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) have finally come to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a united front to ramp up their campaign for the sport and to reaffront the campaign to get back on the 2020 Games Olympic program.

It was announced today that both ISF and IBAF will join to form a unique sports federation.

According to the MOU a new Joint Committee will be formed made up of 8 people (ISF President and 3 members appointed by the ISF, and IBAF President and 3 members appointed by the IBAF) who will oversee all facets of the merger process and now seek recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as one federation.

ISF President, Don Porter, said, “The MoU gives us the basis to move forward in our Olympic campaign, and gives us added confidence that our plans to merge our two Federations will receive the needed support from our NFs.”

If approved and they were to make the program this would of course impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to add the venue to their plan should the new sport be added.

IBAF President, Riccardo Fraccari, said, “This is an exciting milestone for baseball and softball and an extremely important step towards our collective efforts to reinstate our sports in the Olympic Programme in 2020.”

Next steps for the merger will be formatting the approval for the merger from their respective federations and the ISF congress is set to convene in Houston on October 30 and IBAF will be implementing a postal vote in the next few weeks.

Then once this is accomplished the campaign platform will be prepared and polished for their presentation to the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission in December.

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If approved and they were to make the program this would of course impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to add the venue to their plan should the new sport be added.

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an interesting paragraph

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If approved and they were to make the program this would of course impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to add the venue to their plan should the new sport be added.

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Well, same thing happened with 2016. Rio had no idea it would have to provide a golf course and a rugby venue until after they were chosen.

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an interesting paragraph

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If approved and they were to make the program this would of course impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to add the venue to their plan should the new sport be added.

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Like all other sports too. I think if baseball is added the IOC is leaning Tokyo.

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Softball Approves Baseball Merger

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the International Softball Federation approves a merger with the International Baseball Federation.

Tuesday’s ballot was the only item on the agenda for an extraordinary congress of the ISF convened in Houston.

A total of 44 national federations were in attendance (30 were required for a quorum), voting 71 percent in favor to 26 percent against.

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ISF’s approval paves the way for baseball and softball to bid together for Olympic reinstatement ahead of 2020. A decision is scheduled for September 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I’m optimistic," Porter tells ATR. "I think it’s going to be something new. It’s bringing together two major sports, and there’s going to be a lot of positive things that we can do together to improve both our sports – of course, not only for the Olympics but also for the future of our sports.”

Now the IBAF must receive the decision of its member federations – the ongoing postal vote is seen as a mere formality – before presentations to the IOC Program Commission on Dec. 19 and 20. Karate, roller sports, wakeboard, wushu, sport climbing and squash are the other six sports in the running for what will likely be one spot at the Summer Games.

“We’re looking forward to working with the IBAF. We want to get together and do what we can to set the stage to move ahead, especially with that presentation coming in December,” says Porter.

“Of course, we’re looking forward to further contact with Major League Baseball and hopefully having their support also.”

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World Karate Championships get underway in Paris as sport steps up Olympic bid

November 21 - The World Karate Championships begin today in Paris with the event serving as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation event for the sport's bid to appear at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The five-day competition in the French capital, which concludes on Sunday (November 25), is karate's showpiece event while it is staged every two years by the World Karate Federation (WKF).

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WKF President Antonio Espinós believes karate can impress the IOC in Paris in a move that would help them gain entry to the Olympics in their third consecutive bid to become part of the Games.

"We have been learning from the Olympic Movement during former bids and this has allowed us to improve the WKF and karate," said Espinós.

"We have so much to bring to the Olympic Games.

"Karate is an absolutely universal sport; every human being around the globe recognises it and associates our sport to highly positive values.

"This is why the movies and communication industry often include karate in their contents and this is also what makes karate so attractive to sponsors."

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Squash resumes quest to be admitted as an Olympic sport

Squash is hoping to make it third time lucky as it bids for a place at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The sport is showcasing itself to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Hong Kong Open, which starts on Thursday, after failing to make it to London 2012 and Rio 2016.

And with glow-in-the-dark courts, a global audience and some of the world's fittest athletes competing, there is real hope Olympic admission can finally be achieved.

Squash has attempted to make itself more television friendly and Alex Gough, chief executive of the Professional Squash Association, told BBC Sport: "This is a lot more of a winnable race than it has been before.

"When you look at the list of criteria that all the sports in the race have to meet, I think we are now in a position where we pretty much tick all of those boxes."

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Under-court lighting, music, referee video reviews, HawkEye and in-play statistics have all been added, after squash listened to and learned from the IOC's feedback in 2009.

"We have had a lot of messages from the IOC about making the sport more commercial, improving it for television and so on," Gough revealed.

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IBAF receives unanimous Approval on Merger with ISF

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The final results of the International Baseball Federation’s mail-in ballot were announced Wednesday and saw unanimous approval from the IBAF membership to create a new and unified world body that would govern both baseball and softball at the international level.

The mail-in vote followed the International Softball Federation Oct. 30 Congress in Houston, Texas (USA), where the softball membership formally approved establishing a single international baseball and softball organization to oversee the sports.

“This is another critical step in the long-term prosperity and development of softball and baseball worldwide,” said IBAF president, Riccardo Fraccari.

“We are moving forward with our colleagues from softball in an effort to streamline administration, add key support to our athletes and NFs and further develop our sports, and we look forward to presenting an exceptional value proposal to the Olympic Movement for 2020 and beyond,” Fraccari stated.

ISF’s President, Don Porter, received the positive news during his latest meetings with Fraccari in Rome.

“We congratulate and applaud our partners at IBAF on this historic decision which puts the interests of all our athletes and our sports first,” Porter said.

“As we prepare our first important presentation to the IOC [Programme Commission] as a joint IF in a few days, this confirmation from IBAF gives us added inspiration and momentum,” Porter said.

http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/12/12/ibaf-receives-unanimous-approval-on-merger-with-is/ffee3ae4-4508-4eaa-9aa0-7b8e66c05f47

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Olympic axing rumours leave shuttlers unruffled

Ace shuttlers dismiss speculation the sport is to be dropped from 2020 Games programme

Players in the World Super Series finals in Shenzhen appeared unfazed by speculation badminton is facing the axe from the 2020 Olympic Games programme.

London Olympic women's singles champion Li Xuerui said the speculation had not worried her.

"There is nothing concrete about which sport will go," said the 21-year-old mainlander, who kept a perfect record in her three group matches to reach today's semi-finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, including an overwhelming 2-0 (21-9, 21-12) victory over Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea yesterday.

"As a player, my role is to perform my best on the court so the fans can enjoy watching the best badminton. Whether the sport can stay in the Olympic Games is a matter for the sport's world governing body to deal with."

It was reported the IOC's Olympic programme commission would consider later this month whether or not to drop one of the 26 London Games programmes out of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Either badminton or table tennis - the two sports dominated by Chinese athletes - is rumoured to be facing the axe, while boxing and modern pentathlon are also said to have questionable futures.

The decision would still need to be ratified by the IOC executive board next year and the rejected sport could subsequently compete with other eight sports, such as squash, roller skating, karate and wushu at September's IOC congress in Buenos Aires for readmission to the 2020 Games.

Olympic bronze medallist Chen Long of China, who will meet Hong Kong's Hu Yun in today's men's singles semi-finals, was also unruffled by the speculation.

"A decision has not yet made, right?" he said after struggling to beat Kenichi Tago in three games yesterday. "Even if it has been made, I still have to train."

Hong Kong coach Liu Zhiheng said there were a lot of rumours about the 2020 Games programme but nothing was official.

"We have to keep our focus on the court and the world governing body has the responsibility to take care of the Olympic programme issue," he said.

http://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/1105608/olympic-axing-rumours-leave-shuttlers-unruffled

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