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Olympic Programme Commission

Programme Review


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

The list of evaluation criteria for the potential addition of new sports under the OCOG proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria, approved by the IOC Executive Board in June 2015. There are five categories in which the 35 criteria are divided:

1. Olympic proposal
2. Value added to the Olympic Movement
3. Institutional matters
4. Popularity
5. Business model

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 - 8 June 2015

 2016: Rules of Conduct for the International Federations 

Report on the seven sports for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games