Sports Seek 2020 Olympic Spot

SPORTS

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet later this week to make some key decisions about the 2020 Summer Olympics. One of the most contentious decisions is whether to add a new sport to the existing roster: wrestling, squash, or baseball-softball.

Right now, the IOC can only add one sport to keep the number of sports to 28—but that rule could be overturned, too. (New York Times)

Use our resources to better understand Olympic sports, then SCROLL DOWN to vote on which sport you’d choose to add.

Wrestling—a part of both ancient and modern Olympiads—is the leading contender to be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics. It was just taken off the scheduled sports in February. Photograph by Staff Sergeant Jeremy T. Lock, USAF

Wrestling—a part of both ancient and modern Olympiads—is the leading contender to be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics. It was just taken off the scheduled roster in February.
Photograph by Staff Sergeant Jeremy T. Lock, USAF

Discussion Ideas

  • What qualifications do students think a sport should have to be included in the Olympics?
    • The IOC has 39 listed criteria for adding a sport to the games, divided into nine major categories. Click here for an easy-to-read chart.
      • Value Added: A sport must add value to the overall Olympics.
      • Governance: A sport must have a clear set of rules, including a ban on betting and gender equity in the sport’s elected body.
      • History and Tradition: A sport must have established its own federation or governing body and series of competitions.
      • Universality: A sport must have world-wide appeal, with participation by many different national organizations.
      • Popularity: A sport must appeal to the general public, youth, spectators, and the media.
      • Athletes: Athletes or former athletes must be able to contribute to the sport’s governance, and athletes’ health and careers must be formally protected.
      • Development of the International Federation: A sport’s finances must develop both national and international associations.
      • Sport: A sport must offer gender equity, fairness, and criteria supporting the environment.
      • Finance: A sport’s federation must use standard accounting procedures and make their finances known to the IOC, and a sport must have the financial ability to share expenses for Olympic venues, technology, and television production.
  • Many, many sports compete to be in the Olympics. Cricket, golf, lacrosse, rugby, motorsports, American football, ballooning, roller hockey, water skiing, billiards, bowling, chess, ballroom dancing (called dance sport), croquet, karate, polo, sumo, tug-of-war, and ultimate Frisbee are just some of the serious contenders. Have students investigate these sports and, using the qualifications provided by the IOC, have them determine what sports may qualify.
  • The current IOC rules limit the number of summer Olympic sports to 28. Read our article on the 2012 Olympics. If the IOC decided to add all three sports (wrestling, squash, and baseball-softball), what sports would students eliminate to make room for them? (Keep in mind they’ll only have to cut two sports. Wrestling was a part of the 2012 games—it was removed from the 2020 line-up in February 2013.)

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