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Olympic Programme Commission

In November 2002, at the Session in Mexico City, the IOC decided to systematically review the composition of the sports programme after each edition of the Olympic Games to ensure that its composition continues to be relevant and meet the expectations of future sporting generations. It was also decided to curb the growth of the Olympic programme, thus limiting the number of sports to 28 and the number of athletes to 10,500.

The Olympic Programme Commission drafted a series of specific criteria aimed at evaluating sports and drawing up a more clearly defined procedure for the review of the Olympic programme. The list of evaluation criteria was ratified by the IOC Session in 2004, and updated in 2011. There are eight categories in which the 39 criteria are divided:

1. General
2. Governance
3. History and tradition
4. Universality
5. Popularity
6. Athletes
7. Development of the IF/Sport
8. Finance

Important Documents

 Rio 2016 Olympic Games - International Federations Report

2020 Olympic Games Shortlisted International Federations Report

Evaluation criteria for sports and disciplines - 2012

Evaluation criteria for sports and disciplines - 11 August 2004 - 658 Kb Final version following comments from International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs)

Report to the 117th IOC Session - 17 August 2005 - 2076 Kb

Olympic Programme Commission Report to the 119th IOC Session (July 2007) - 2 July 2007 - 1095 Kb

2016: Rules of Conduct for the International Federations - 12 August 2008 - 8 Kb Rules of Conduct for the International Federations seeking inclusion in the Olympic programme for 2016 

Report on  the 26 core sports for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (5000 Kb)

Report on the seven International Federations shortlisted for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2000 Kb)

Report on the seven sports for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2000 Kb)