During the 123rd International Olympic Committee session in South Africa this week, IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that eight sports, including roller sports and sport climbing, will battle it out for a spot in the 2020 Olympics.
Baseball and softball, two sports removed after the 2008 Games, as well as wakeboard, squash, sport climbing, rollersports, karate and the martial art of wushu, will be evaluated for inclusion in upcoming Games. Twelve sports were initially considered but surfing, dancing, bowling and netball didn’t make the final cut.
A final list will be put to the vote in late 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires but only one sport will be added to the programme.
The IOC, and particularly Rogge, has not been particularly kind to female athletes in the past. Eliminating softball from the Games, a sport played primarily by women, was a huge blow to softball players worldwide. More recently, the IOC refused to let women ski jumpers compete, despite the fact that men’s ski jumping has been part of the Winter Games since its inception. (Note: After a series of court cases and worldwide protests, women ski jumpers will be allowed to compete in the 2012 Games)
The decision to only add ONE sport, and the fact that baseball and softball are