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20 September 2001, 10:56 pm
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Women's Events Gain as IOC Prunes Sports for Athens

Women’s water polo and women’s wrestling are among a number of sports that have been boosted by the International Olympic Committee’s decision to include them in the 2004 Athens Olympics at the expense of other sports.
With an aim to further support women's events, other events have been sacrificed.

Women's wrestling has been included at the expense of two male weight divisions, while the IOC has also added women's soccer. Meanwhile, women's fencing has gained a sabre event but at the expense of a team event, to keep the balance the same as it was in Sydney.

One of the main sports losing out in the Olympic sports re-shuffle is boxing, which must cut one of its weight divisions at the Athens games. The super-heavyweight division is the most likely to be removed.

Other events or features which have not been accepted for inclusion in Athens are: a modern pentathlon relay race; mixed doubles tennis and table tennis; additional women's field hockey or handball teams; additional baseball teams; and water-skiing.

The changes have been made by the IOC in order to stem the growth of the Olympics, and meet its target of a games with no more than 10,000 competitors and 280 events. The Sydney games hosted 10,665 competitors and 300 events.

The policy was bad news for swimming whose application for the inclusion of open-water long distance and 50-metre sprint events at Athens was turned down.

ISAF is pleased to report that sailing has not been affected, and retains 11 medal events for 2004.
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