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No decision on new sports at Tokyo 2020 to be made until next year

February 10, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

20A 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 [2015], 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.”

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