Climbing Out of the Running for Olympic Games

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5/29/13 – The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that their recommendations for inclusion as possible sports into the 2020 Olympic Games would be baseball/softball, squash, and wrestling. Among those not included was sport climbing, karate, roller sports, wakeboarding, and wushu.

The EB chose the three sports via secret ballot. In September, the entire IOC will meet to vote on which of those three sports will be added to the program of the 2020 Games.

“The Executive Board received excellent presentations today from eight International Federations,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “It was never going to be an easy decision, but I feel my colleagues on the Board made a good decision in selecting baseball/softball, squash, and wrestling to be put forward in Buenos Aires.”

Before casting their votes, the Olympic Programme Commission thoroughly reviews each sport to determine its relevance to sports fans all over the world. Criteria include youth appeal, popularity, governance, respect for athletes, and more.