Orienteering not shortlisted for Tokyo 2020

Posted on | June 22, 2015 | Category: News

It has been announced today that the sports shortlisted in the application process to be added to the Olympic programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are baseball and softball, karate, squash, bowling, roller sports, climbing, surfing and wushu. This means that orienteering will not be part of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Altogether 26 sports sent their application to be considered as an additional sport at the 2020 Games. Those 18 that were unsuccessful are air sports, american football, bowls, bridge, chess, dancesport, floorball, flying disc, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, snooker, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and water skiing.

IOF President Brian Porteous comments: “One of the new policies included in the IOC’s Agenda 2020 is that of giving host cities the chance to propose additional disciplines for their Olympic Games. We are ready for this opportunity in respect of the 2022 Winter Games but, at very short notice, we received a surprise invitation from Tokyo 2020 to express and interest in their Summer Games. After discussions with our Japanese Federation we expressed an interest. We have just been informed that we have not made it on to the shortlist to be discussed further with the IOC. While we are disappointed not to get the chance to make our case, this is no great surprise because the applications included a number of sports of special interest in Japan. We now look forward to hearing after the IOC session in Malaysia at the end of July and the beginning of August, the host city chosen for the 2022 Winter Games.”

The eight short-listed federations will now progress to a second stage of the application process, which will include the submission of further details by July 22.

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