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Equestrian safe for 2020 Olympic Games

Steve Guerdat of Switzerland riding Nino Des Buissonnets celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Individual Jumping Equestrian on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Steve Guerdat of Switzerland riding Nino Des Buissonnets celebrates winning individual jumping gold medal at London 2012. © London 2012

Equestrian is among 25 sports that will be proposed to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion into the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The 25 will form the core sports of the games, and have been agreed on by the IOC’s Executive Board. They will be put forward to the IOC’s 25th session for approval in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.

The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.

Eight other sports are vying to be listed among the core sports for 2020 as an “additional sport” – these are: wrestling, baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu (based on traditional Chinese martial arts).

The eight sports are to make presentations to the Executive Board at its meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, in May. The board will select which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion as an additional sport in 2020.

The Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games, to ensure the Olympic Games “remain relevant to sports fans of all generations”.

Golf and rugby sevens were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic programme.

 

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