What Sports Are Being Removed From the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that four sports will be removed from the Summer Olympics lineup after the 2020 Tokyo Games. The sports are baseball/softball, karate, squash, and surfing.

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Introduction

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body of the Olympic Games and is responsible for adding and removing sports from the Olympic program. Every four years, the IOC meets to review the sports on the program and make changes for the next edition of the games. For example, baseball and softball were added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, while wrestling was removed.

There are a number of reasons why a sport might be added or removed from the Olympics. Sometimes, it is because a sport is gaining or losing popularity. Other times, it is because the IOC wants to encourage more participation from a particular region of the world, or because they want to add a sport that will appeal to a younger audience.

Here are some of the sports that have been added and removed from the Olympic program in recent years:

Boxing

Boxing has been one of the core sports of the Olympics since their revival in 1896, but it is being removed from the 2020 Tokyo Games. The decision was made by the International Olympic Committee in 2017, with a vote of 49-39 in favor of its removal. Boxing has been plagued by bribery and match-fixing scandals in recent years, which likely played a role in the IOC’s decision. Other sports that are being removed from the Olympics include baseball/softball, karate, squash, and wrestling.

Wrestling

The International Olympic Committee has voted to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. The decision came as a surprise to the wrestling community, as the sport has been part of the Olympics for thousands of years.

Wrestling will now join a long list of sports that are no longer part of the Olympics, including baseball, softball, and Squash. The IOC made the decision based on a number of factors, including TV ratings and popularity. With so many different sports vying for a spot in the Olympics, the IOC has to make some tough decisions about which ones to keep and which ones to cut.

Wrestling fans are sure to be disappointed by this news, but they can take comfort in knowing that the sport is still being played at the collegiate level and beyond.

Judo

Judo will be removed from the list of sports contested at the Olympics after the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced.

The IOC said that it had taken the decision to remove judo from the Olympic programme “in order to increase gender balance”, with a total of 28 sports now set to be contested at the Tokyo Games – an increase of four from Rio 2016.

Judo had been part of the Olympic programme since 1964, and was one of just two martial arts – along with taekwondo – to feature on the programme.

However, with a total of seven weight classes for men and six for women, judo was not seen as offering enough opportunities for female athletes, with the IOC instead opting to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing to the Tokyo Olympics.

Taekwondo

Inclusion in the Olympic Games is one of the highest accolades a sport can achieve. However, with changing interests and concerns over costs, some sports have been removed from the Olympics in recent years. Here are some of the sports that have been axed from the Olympics.

Taekwondo: Taekwondo was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. It was proposed for removal from the 2020 Summer Olympics but was ultimately retained.

Triathlon: Triathlon made its debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was contested again at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. However, it was dropped from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rugby sevens: Rugby sevens made its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, it was not included on the program for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Golf: Golf last featured as an official Olympic sport at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. It will return to the program for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but will then be dropped again for 2024.

Baseball/Softball: Baseball made its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and was then contested as an official medal sport at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and 2008 Summer Olympiad in Beijing. Softball was also contested at these same Games. Both sports were proposed for removal from the 2012 Olympic program but were ultimately retained. Baseball/softball will be dropped fromthe 2020 Tokyo Olympic program but may be added back for 2024.

Canoeing

Canoeing has been featured in the Olympics since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, with the women’s event being introduced in the 1972 Summer Olympics. There are three disciplines in canoeing: sprint canoe for men and women, and slalom racing for men.

The International Olympic Committee has voted to remove canoeing from the 2024 Summer Olympics program. The decision was made at a meeting in Switzerland on February 9th, 2021. This is due to a new set of guidelines that the IOC has put in place which state that a sport must be practiced by at least 40 countries on three continents in order to be included in the Olympics. Canoeing only meets this criteria on two continents.

It is not yet known which sport will replace canoeing in the 2024 Summer Olympics program.

Rowing

Rowing is one of the sports that is being removed from the Olympics. It was first included in the 1896 games, and has been a part of every Summer Olympics since then, with the exception of the 1904 and 1928 games. It is being dropped for the 2020 games because of a lack of popularity and interest.

Sailing

Sailing was one of the original sports in the 1896 Olympics, but it was dropped after the 1904 games. It was brought back in 1908 and has been contested at every Summer Olympics since then, except for 1912.

The sport has undergone many changes over the years. In the early days, only men could compete and only monotype (one-design) boats were used. Women’s sailing was introduced in 1988, and mixed gender events were added in 2000. There are now 11 Olympic events: six for men, three for women and two mixed events.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, and sailing will take place in Enoshima, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Tokyo. The events will be held from July 24 to August 9.

Shooting

Shooting has been an Olympic sport since the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics, and approximately 60 men and women have competed in it at every Summer Olympics since 1904. It is currently scheduled to be contested at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

However, the IOC has voted to remove shooting from the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. This is due to a variety of factors, including declining popularity and a lack of support from French authorities. It is not yet clear which sport will take its place at the 2024 Games.

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