No new sports to 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Posted on | October 31, 2010 | Category: News

The IOC Executive Board confirmed at its recent meeting in Acapulco that the sports programme of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which will be presented to the IOC Session for approval, would be the same as the one in Sochi in 2014. The Executive Board decided not to propose any additional sports, but to maintain the seven current core sports.

The International Orienteering Federation applied for ski orienteering to be included in the programme of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The IOC Executive Board’s decision means that ski orienteering will not be part of the Games in 2018. The next chance to be included in the Olympic Winter Games is 2022.

Focus on the future

“It was of course disappointing to receive the Executive Board decision. However, the decision to simply maintain the current sports means that the doors still remain open for ski orienteering in the future”, says IOF President Åke Jacobson.

“We will continue our efforts to be included in the programme of the Winter Olympic Games. It is encouraging to see the development of ski orienteering in the recent years, both when it comes to improved visibility of our main events and to the new spectator-friendly competition formats sprint and mixed relay. There will be new countries participating at the World Ski Orienteering Championships this winter in Sweden, and we are included in the programme of both the CISM World Military Winter Games and the Asian Winter Games. This is part of our strategy to increase visibility for ski orienteering and to spread the sport to new countries. The IOF will continue its work for ski orienteering in cooperation with the national federations. We will be well prepared when the time comes to apply for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games”, Åke Jacobson says.

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