How does a sport become part of the Olympics?

How does a sport become part of the Olympics?

Before a sport is inducted into the Olympics, it has to be recognized.  This recognition includes that it is organized by an International Federation that can demonstrate that the sport follows the rules of the Olympic Charter.  This means that it must be practiced around the world and have had a couple World Championships.  Part of its compliance is that is follows the same guidelines for the use of illegal substances or performance enhancing drugs (called the Anti-Doping Code).  Also, the sport can not require the use of equipment that uses mechanical propulsion.  If it meets these criteria and receives the  a recommendation by the IOC's Olympic Programme Commission it is voted on.

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  • So how did ball and ribbon gymnastics get sanctioned? I guess there isn't artificial propulsion in the ball. But then Formula I gets eliminated.

  • In reply to jack:

    I think it is because of European popularity. Anything that rotates around gymnastics I think carries a lot of weight. I thought tampoline was a little odd for a sport (didn't Australia introduce that?). I think karate has been turned down for 4 Olympics and it is huge and has a long standing presence internationally. I am just happy that Women's boxing made the cut. Some countries like Cuba (who dominates in boxing) however, are not supporting it and sending atheletes.

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