Yesterday, the IOC Executive Board made their decision on the IOC Olympic Programme Commission's proposal to reduce events for some sports and totally exclude some sports from the Olympic Programme.
Sailing was threatened with a reduction in events from 2008 onwards, with the Olympic Programme Commission targeting the keelboat event.
The International Sailing Federation lobbied the IOC to retain the current eleven events through until 2008, with an acceptance that there may need to be a reduction in events and athletes come 2012 as part of the strategic review of the entire Olympic programme.
Yesterday, the IOC Executive Board decided the following in respect of sailing:
"-Sailing (ISAF) - reduction in athlete quota and number of events
The IOC EB has accepted the ISAF's proposal to reduce the number of events from 11 to 10 and the athlete quota from 400 to 380 starting from 2012, as the sailing events in 2008 will not be taking place in the Olympic host city."
It should be noted that conclusion of the IOC Executive Board in respect of the Programme Commissions's proposals to reduce the events in other sports from 2008 onwards is as follows:
"- Swimming (FINA) - Team synchronised swimming event
After studying the information submitted by FINA and the proposal to change the qualification system in order to make this event more universal, the EB has decided to maintain this event in the programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing.
- Shooting (ISSF) - Reduction in athlete quota and number of events
The EB has accepted the ISSF's proposal to limit the amount of construction needed to hold the shooting events at the Olympic Games (reducing costs by approximately one third) and to eliminate two events from the programme. These events will be chosen at a later date.
- Badminton (IBF) - Mixed doubles event
The IOC maintains its position of not including new mixed doubles events in the Olympic programme. However, in view of the arguments put forward by the IBF, the EB has decided to maintain this event on the programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, in 2008."
The following is the IOC Executive Board approved objectives and working timetable of the Olympic Programme Commission:
February 2003 (after the EB meeting)
- Communication of EB decisions to ANOC, ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF, who will be involved in the discussion, establishment and implementation of new criteria to allow the IOC to evaluate the sports on the future Olympic programme. They will also be asked to choose representatives to sit on the Programme Commission.
- Communication of EB decisions and the following timetable to the Olympic and Recognised IFs
Spring 2004 - IOC Executive Board meeting
Proposed list of criteria by the Programme Commission for approval
August 2004 - 116th IOC Session in Athens
Proposed list of criteria for approval
Analysis by the Programme Commission of all sports, based on the list of criteria approved by the IOC Session
February 2005 - IOC Executive Board meeting
Report by the Programme Commission and proposed new programme
July 2005 - 117th IOC Session in Singapore
Vote on the Olympic programme