Baseball/softball, squash and wrestling shortlisted for 2020 Olympics
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently recommended that the joint effort by baseball and softball, squash and wrestling be proposed to the 125th IOC Session for possible inclusion as an additional sport on the Olympic program for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The board selected the three sports by secret ballot from a shortlist of eight that included karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu. The vote followed 30-minute presentations by each international federation and an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission to determine their potential added value to the games. The full IOC membership will meet for the 125th session of the IOC in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 7-10, and will vote on which of the three sports to add to the program of the Games of the 32nd Olympiad in addition to the 25 core sports – plus golf and rugby sevens, which were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic program.
“The executive board received excellent presentations from eight international federations,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “It was never going to be an easy decision, but I feel my colleagues on the board made a good decision in selecting baseball/softball, squash and wrestling to be put forward in Buenos Aires. I wish the three shortlisted sports the best of luck in the run-up to the vote in September and would like to thank the other sports for their hard work and dedication.”
In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the games.
The commission uses 39 criteria in determining a sport’s suitability for the Olympic Games, including youth appeal, universality, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and respect for the Olympic values.