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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