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28 Sep 2004
IOC News , 117th Session

Review of the Olympic programme: next steps

Since 1936, sports have been regularly added to the Olympic programme. Two years ago, at its extraordinary Session in Mexico, the IOC decided to cap the numbers for the Games of the Olympiad to 28 sports, 300 events and 10,500 athletes, and therefore to systematically apply the principle of the Olympic Charter to review the composition of the programme after each edition of the Games.


Regular exercise

The attractiveness and popularity of the Olympic Games depends to a large extent on the quality of the sports programme. It must be varied and of high quality, and must produce competitions that are exciting, attractive, action-packed and athlete-focused. The Olympic Programme must also reflect the constant evolution of public expectations. Consequently, it was felt that the regular review of the programme was needed to ensure that its composition continues to be relevant and meet new expectations.


Thirty-three criteria to assess sports

In Athens this summer, the IOC Executive Board accepted the final list of criteria which will be used to assess sports. Working closely with the International Federations and relevant stakeholders, the IOC has defined 33 criteria that have been used as the basis of a questionnaire.


Questionnaire to be submitted to Federations

This questionnaire will soon be submitted to the 28 Summer International Federations that will be asked to fill it out and return it to the IOC by 15 November 2004. In addition, and in order to widen the analysis to other sports that potentially could add to the quality and popularity of the programme, the IOC has decided to study further five Recognised Federations i.e. the International Golf Federation, the International Roller Sports Federation, the International Rugby Board, the World Karate Federation, and the World Squash Federation. These five federations will also be asked to respond to the questionnaire.


Final decision in July 2005

The IOC Programme Commission will then review the documents. A final decision on the composition of the Olympic programme of the 2012 Olympic Games will be made by the 117th IOC Session in July next year in Singapore.

The Olympic programme commission
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