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Roller Sports A Top Contender For Inclusion in 2020 Olympic Games


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Last month the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met in Durban,

South Africa where a decision was made to include three new sports to the

Olympic Program for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Chosen for their ability to provide great entertainment for spectators and

to add more youthful appeal to the action-packed lineup of Olympic winter

sports, ski slopestyle (men and women), snowboard slopestyle (men and women) and

snowboard parallel special slalom (men and women) were all added to the sports





The Executive Board also agreed on a shortlist of sports to be considered for inclusion

in the 2020 Olympic sports program. With only one spot available, the following sports

are all contenders: baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing,

squash, wakeboard and wushu. The vote will take place at an IOC Session in Buenos

Aires in 2013.

The IOC as recently as 2002, decided to begin updating the sports program

following each Olympiad. They have since established 33 criteria for a sport to be

considered, with an emphasis on universality, popularity and image.

The Olympic Program Commission is composed of IOC members, representatives of

International Federations and National Olympic Committees as well as experts and

they oversee the evaluation process. The examination of sports seeking inclusion to the

program also includes on-site visits to actual competitions.



Considering a great emphasis in the selection process is given to

universality, popularity and image, how will you promote roller sports in

order to see it in the 2020 Olympic Games?

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