According to the 2020 Olympic agenda which was put in place last year, the IOC abolished the ceiling of 28 sports per Olympic tournament. The games are said to be moving to a more “events based setting while the IOC looked for games that would be more appealing to the youths. Opening the door for Baseball to apply for re-inclusion in the games while Squash and Surfing could also be in line to make their debuts at the games.
26 sports applied for inclusion and re-inclusion in the games via their various federations, while some looked to be included in the 2016 games in Rio, others were looking at being part of the 2020 games in Tokyo. There was a combined bid for Men’s baseball and women’s softball and the bid seems strong and might carry. Both sports were dropped after the 2008 games in Beijing. Karate, were joined by Bowling, Roller Sports, Sports climbing, Wushu Squash and Surfing as the other games to make the cut. the federations of the eight sports that made the final cut would be meeting with the IOC to make their presentations in August before the IOC committee on games inclusions would make their recommendations on the 30th of September. The IOC would then make the final decision on which sports would be included in next summer’s Olympics in Rio.
While these 7 games (or eight if Softball and Baseball are viewed separately) made the cut, games like chess, bridge, flying disc and American football would have to wait until the next inclusions panel to make their case again as they all failed this time.