Short List for Olympic Sports Programme Inclusion Expected Wednesday

Saint Petersburg, Russia – On Wednesday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board will watch presentations from the eight sports vying for a spot on the Olympics programme in 2020, and perhaps beyond. Then they will meet behind closed-doors to determine if one, two, or more, or none of those sports will be put in front of the entire IOC membership for a chance to win a single available spot.

Any sports that the IOC decides to short-list will be put to a vote on September 8 at the 125th Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Karate, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Squash, Wakeboard, Wrestling, Wushu and a combined Baseball and Softball bid are in Saint Petersburg to explain why they should become an Olympic sport. Wrestling was unexpectedly dropped from the programme earlier in the year after the IOC Executive Board deemed that the sport had not lived up to expectations; according to IOC rules they can compete among the other sports to get back in.

A decision is expected to be announced at a press conference at 8:30pm local time in Saint Petersburg (12:30 ET, 6:30 CET).