For weeks now there have been fears that Modern Pentathlon would be one of the sports recommended by the IOC to be removed from the 2020 Olympics but good news this morning for Natalya Coyle and the legion of Modern Pentathlon fans worldwide with the news from the I.O.C that the sport is NOT on the proposed ‘hit list’. Taekwondo also survives against the expectations of many.
Modern pentathlon was invented by the founder of the modern Olympics, French baron Pierre de Coubertin, and has been a feature of the Games programme since the 1912 Stockholm Games, where George S Patton – later to become famous as an US Army general – finished fifth.
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just confirmed the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.
The Executive Board recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), not be included on the list of core sports. Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport.
The eight sports are scheduled to make presentations to the Executive Board at its meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, in May. The EB will select which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion as an additional sport on the 2020 programme.
In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games.
Golf and rugby sevens were added in 2009 as additional sports to the 2016 Olympic programme.
The 125th IOC Session will take place from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.