No decision on new sports at Tokyo 2020 to be made until next year
A decision on adding new sports to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme is not expected until August 2016, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates has revealed today.
Speaking following a Project Review meeting in the Japanese capital, Coates, who is also head of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, said a final decision will be taken at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, shortly before the start of the Rio 2016 Games.
It is expected that a timetable setting out assessment criteria for proposed sports will be approved by April this year, with Tokyo Organisers completing their analysis of each by September.
A decision had previously been thought possible this year, although this is the first time a precise timetable has been given.
“While we were thinking originally the additional events timetable could be completed in July , that is too ambitious,” the Australian explained.
“In the interest of transparency, that is too tight a timetable.
“The whole world is looking at this process, not just the people of Japan.
“Many sports are interested and this is going to be a very transparent process.”