IOC gives green light to shift from a sport-based to an event-based programme of up to 310 events
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UPDATE 9 December 2014 - IOC gives green light to shift from a sport-based to an event-based programme of up to 310 events
The debate on one of the most complex issues, the procedure for the Olympic programme headed by the working group Chairman Franco Carraro, kicked off a flurry of questions and concerns over the implications of the changes from a sport based programme to an event based for existing international federations.The members also ratified the proposal to drop the 28-sport limit, with no set number.
The members agreed to allow the organizing Games Committees to suggest for the inclusion of one or more additional events on their Olympic programme at the organizers cost, a change that means that we could have baseball or softball, a leading sport in Japan, featuring in the Tokyo 2020 programme.
The IOC session passed to have not more than 310 events for the summer Olympics, but with no clear limit of the number of disciplines that could certainly increase beyond 28 or 'even 30 sport' limit in the programme.
“We say around 310 in order not to restrict this number in a way that is damaging to smaller nations. For the programme we can be flexible, we could have 28 or even 30 sports,”said Carraro.
To change or to be changed, that is the question
IOC President Thomas Bach paraphrasing Shakespeare
Is he referring to the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and the Federations? Has the IOC given [the ICF] the green light to include more paddlesports in the Olympic Program?
27-08-2014 - With the Youth Olympic Games being held in Nanjing, China at the moment we thought it would be a good idea to share a document Sportscene received a few weeks ago. We were asked not to share the actual document but to derive a schematic version from the concept.
Whether we like it or not, to us it shows a major breakthrough in thinking concerning the Olympic paddlesports program, which reflects the richness and diversity of our sport and community to a greater extend than the current program. At the same time we can also imagine this high level concept will face some challenges in terms of implementation.
Despite the challenges we wouldn't be surprised if a majority in the paddlesports community welcomes such thinking and concept. When we asked the questions in our weekly poll*, a majority of almost 69% (Question 11) thought that one or more disciplines should be added to the current program and almost 77% (Question 5) thinks that the Olympic program for paddlesports should be reformed in order to remain part of the Olympic program. Last but not least, a majority of 79% (Question 7) already practises two or more disciplines.
What do you think of the scheme in the above as a high level concept? Feel free to give your opinion in the below or in the comments field of this Facebook post.
* Percentages as per 27 August 2014. Numbers can change as more people will participate in the polls.