POSTED: Thursday December 10th 2009
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IOC approves new events for London 2012

The IOC received requests from 17 International Sports Federations for modifications to events, quotas and competition formats for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 by the deadline of October 2008.

The
Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today
approved the inclusion of a mixed doubles tennis event as well as
several changes to the track cycling programme of the 2012 Olympic
Games in London.



The requested changes came from the
International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Cycling
Union (UCI) as part of the IOC’s systematic review of the Olympic
programme. The changes reflect the IOC’s desire to continually refresh
the programme, as well as its commitment to increase women’s
participation.



The inclusion of the tennis mixed doubles event
will not increase the current number of athletes and will bring an
added value to the Olympic programme by providing another opportunity
for men and women to compete together on the same field of play.



The
changes to the track cycling programme see the number of women’s events
increase from three in Beijing in 2008 to five in London, with the
total number of track cycling events now at five each for men and
women. There were seven men’s events and three women’s events in
Beijing.



The EB agreed to this modification as the UCI has
adjusted its track cycling programme to remain within its current
number of events and athletes.



These changes in the track
cycling programme bring the number of women cyclists at the Games to
84, up from 35 in Beijing. Women will now make up 45% of the total
number of track cyclists at the Games (compared to 19% in Beijing).



Both
men and women will now compete in the sprint, team sprint, keirin, team
pursuit, and omnium events. To make room for the increased
participation of women and the inclusion of the new event, omnium, the
men’s and women’s individual pursuit, men’s and women’s points race and
men’s Madison events will no longer be part of the Olympic programme.



Omnium,
a track cycling competition that is part of the UCI’s World
Championships, can be compared to the decathlon in athletics, with six
competitions, including individual pursuit and a points race.




NOTES TO EDITORS:

The
IOC received requests from 17 International Sports Federations for
modifications to events, quotas and competition formats for the Olympic
Games in London in 2012 by the deadline of October 2008.



The IOC
Olympic Programme Commission analysed all of the requests based on
established criteria, and submitted its findings to the Executive
Board. The key positive factors included whether the changes would
increase universality, gender equity and youth appeal, and, in general,
add value to the Games. Other considerations included the cost of
infrastructure, and the impact on the overall quota and the number of
events.


All modifications to events, quotas or competition format
for the Olympic Games in London 2012 are provisional, and will be
reviewed for the programme of the 2016 Olympic Games after the Games in
London.



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