POSTED: March 27th 2009
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Early exit for five bid sports

Rugby sevens in Dubai . . . the evaluation event which could prove significant for at least one sport / lake images
Rugby sevens in Dubai . . . the evaluation event which could prove significant for at least one sport / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

DENVER: Friday, August 13 will be particularly unlucky for five of the seven sports bidding to enter or return to the Olympic Games in 2016.

Baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union, squash and softball are all hoping to be in Copenhagen in October when the International Olympic Committee decides to bring up to two into the Games fold.

In fact, only two will now make it through to the IOC Session in any case.

One of problems up until now for directors and officials of all seven sports has been a lack of clarification about the selection process redefined after the confusion in Singapore in 2005 when softball and baseball were kicked out but no sports were voted in.

Now they all know after the IOC’s executive board came up with a framework for a way forward during its meeting at Sportaccord in Denver this week.

Dr Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, said that the evaluation commission will review presentations from the seven sports in June and then report back and recommend just two to the executive board’s meeting in Berlin in August on the eve of the world athletics championships.

This must then decide whether to approve the recommendation for a vote by the full IOC Session in Copenhagen. Even then each sport will need a majority vote in its favour.


Keywords · IOC · International Olympic Committee · bid sports · Copenhagen


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