Das IOC hat im November die sieben nichtolympischen Sportarten ausgewählt, die sich um die freien zwei Plätze für Olympia 2016 bewerben können.

Es sind dies:

Baseball – Golf – Karate – Rugby – Softball – Rollersport – Squash

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Olympic Aspirants: Presenting in Lausanne
20 Nov 2008 17:04

On 14 November seven sports made their case in Lausanne, Switzerland, seeking inclusion in the Olympics, competing for two spots on the program for the 2016 Summer Games.

Baseball, golf, karate, rugby, softball, roller sports and squash made hour-long, closed-door presentations to the International Olympic Committee’s Program Commission.

The 16-member commission will deliver an influential report to the IOC’s top decision-making body before a vote on the 2016 schedule to be held next year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The seven sports were rejected for the 2012 London Games program in voting by more than 100 IOC members three years ago. Baseball and softball were dropped, while the other five failed to gather enough support to join the existing 26 core sports on the Olympic program. IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi said the sports had passed an important milestone.‚It is the first time they meet and have the possibility to sell their proposition to the members,‘ he said.

The Program Commission, including eight IOC members and eight administrators from other sports (IWGA President Ron Froehlich is one of them), asked the candidates to demonstrate they could appeal to a global audience and young people, would bring their best athletes to the games and could comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards.

Rugby fell from the Olympic program in 1924 and seeks to come back with the seven-a-side version for men and women, rather than the more established 15-a-side competition.

International Rugby Board Chief Executive Mike Miller said that rugby sevens was a proven success at The World Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, and was being added to the Pan-American and African Games schedules. ‚It is a format that works incredibly well over two or three days with packed houses,‘ he said.

World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinos said the sport had 180 national federations and promoted values of fairness and discipline. ‚We want to have increased resources to spread the social and educational values of karate,‘ Espinos said. He said he answered IOC concerns about how contestants could protest the judging of bouts across 10 classes, five each for men and women.

The International Federation for Roller Sports proposed to stage 10 races, five each for men and women from sprints to marathons raced on road or track. Roberto Marotta, the IFRS Secretary General, said the sport was young and dynamic and would bring 100 athletes to compete over three days. ‚You can see millions of people skating all around the world,‘ Marotta said. ‚They should like to see their sport in the Olympics.‘

The World Squash Federation proposed to stage 32-player singles tournaments for men and women played in mobile glass courts at television-friendly places.

‚When you put a glass court in an iconic location it always has this appeal,‘ WSF president Naresh Ramachandran said.

The WSF delegation was introduced by IOC member Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia, who led a previous bid for Olympic status in 1989.

The Program Commission will meet in May 2009 before presenting its report to the IOC Executive Board.

The board meets in Lausanne in June to hear each sport’s second presentation and decide whether to cut some from the list offered to the full IOC membership. A simple majority is needed for a sport to be voted onto the program.