Olympic Programme - Decisions By The IOC On Disciplines And Events, Objectives And Timetable
Following the resolutions adopted at the 114th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Mexico City in November 2002, and to enable the Olympic Programme Commission to continue its work, the IOC Executive Board (EB), meeting today in Lausanne, has taken a series of decisions on the disciplines and events on the programme of the Olympic Games in 2008, and approved the Programme Commission’s objectives and working timetable.
These decisions were taken after consultation with the International Federations (IF) for which the Programme Commission had recommended either excluding disciplines or changing certain events.
Programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
Sports for which the Programme Commission had recommended excluding disciplines:
- Canoe-Kayak (ICF) - Slalom
The EB has decided to maintain this discipline for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing on condition that a positive evolution takes place in this discipline, particularly in terms of global participation.
- Equestrian (FEI) – Three-day event:
The EB has decided to maintain the three-day event for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, on condition that it is organised under the new format proposed by the FEI. The EB accepted this new format for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens at its last meeting.
- Wrestling (FILA) – Exclusion of a discipline
The EB has decided to maintain the two disciplines (freestyle and greco-roman), but, given the large number of medals awarded in this sport, the EB asks the federation to reduce the number.
- Athletics (IAAF) – Race walking events
The EB has decided to maintain these events for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, on condition that the new measures proposed by the federation achieve the expected results on the occasion of the World Championships in Paris, in August 2003, and at the Games in Athens in 2004.
Sports for which the Programme Commission recommended changes to events:
-Sailing (ISAF) – reduction in athlete quota and number of events
The EB has accepted the ISAF’s proposal to reduce the number of events from 11 to 10 and the athlete quota from 400 to 380 starting from 2012, as the sailing events in 2008 will not be taking place in the Olympic host city.
- Swimming (FINA) – Team synchronised swimming event
After studying the information submitted by FINA and the proposal to change the qualification system in order to make this event more universal, the EB has decided to maintain this event in the programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing.
- Shooting (ISSF) – Reduction in athlete quota and number of events
The EB has accepted the ISSF’s proposal to limit the amount of construction needed to hold the shooting events at the Olympic Games (reducing costs by approximately one third) and to eliminate two events from the programme. These events will be chosen at a later date.
- Badminton (IBF) – Mixed doubles event
The IOC maintains its position of not including new mixed doubles events in the Olympic programme. However, in view of the arguments put forward by the IBF, the EB has decided to maintain this event on the programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, in 2008.
Approval of objectives and working timetable of the Olympic Programme Commission:
February 2003 (after the EB meeting)
- Communication of EB decisions to ANOC, ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF, who will be involved in the discussion, establishment and implementation of new criteria to allow the IOC to evaluate the sports on the future Olympic programme. They will also be asked to choose representatives to sit on the Programme Commission.
- Communication of EB decisions and the following timetable to the Olympic and Recognised IFs
Spring 2004 – IOC Executive Board meeting
Proposed list of criteria by the Programme Commission for approval
August 2004 – 116th IOC Session in Athens
Proposed list of criteria for approval
Analysis by the Programme Commission of all sports, based on the list of criteria approved by the IOC Session
February 2005 – IOC Executive Board meeting
Report by the Programme Commission and proposed new programme
July 2005 – 117th IOC Session in Singapore
Vote on the Olympic programme
Programme of the Olympic Winter Games, Turin 2006
Following the recommendations by the Programme Commission, the EB has also decided to include snowboard cross as an event on the programme of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.