What Olympic Sports Are Male Only?

Are you curious as to what Olympic sports are male only? You’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few of the sports that have been male-only in past Olympics.

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As of 2016, there are only two Olympic sports that are male-only: boxing and wrestling. In both sports, there are both men’s and women’s competitions. However, there are only men’s competitions in boxing and wrestling. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that it is committed to promoting gender equality in sports, and it is working towards having equal representation of men and women in all Olympic sports.


Wrestling is one of the oldest Olympic sports, appearing in the inaugural edition of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It was also included in the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece from 776 BC to 393 AD. Wrestling has been a men’s only sport at the Olympics since its inception, and there are no plans to change this anytime soon.

There are two wrestling disciplines in the Olympics: Greco-Roman and freestyle. In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors are not allowed to use their legs to attack their opponents; they can only use their upper bodies. Freestyle wrestling is more akin to what most people think of when they think of wrestling; competitors can use their entire bodies to attack and defend. There are also weight classes in both disciplines, so that wrestlers of similar sizes can compete against each other on a level playing field.

Wrestling is a popular sport around the world, with strong followings in countries like the United States, Japan, Iran, and Russia. It’s also a very strategic sport, requiring split-second decisions and lightning-fast reflexes. If you’re looking for a thrill at the Olympics this summer, be sure to check out some of the exciting matches in wrestling!


Judo was one of the first sports to be admitted to the Olympic program, and has been part of the Summer Games since 1964. Judo is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes throws and takedowns, and is practiced by both men and women. However, at the Olympic level, judo competitions are divided by gender, with men’s and women’s tournaments being held separately.


At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, there will be taekwondo competitions for men and women in four weight classes each. However, there are still several Olympic sports that are male only, including boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting. Here is a complete list of Olympic sports that are currently male only:

-Wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman)
-Canoeing (sprint)
-Equestrian (jumping and eventing)

Modern pentathlon

The modern pentathlon is a five-event sport that was introduced at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Men and women compete in separate events, with each event having study requirements. The events are spread out over three days, with the final event being a combined event that includes horse riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running.


There are four canoeing disciplines in the Olympics: sprint, slalom, whitewater and surfing. In the sprint event, which has been part of the Olympics since 1936, athletes compete over 200m, 500m or 1000m distances on flat water. The slalom discipline made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games, and features canoeists and kayakers negotiating a upstream gates course. The whitewater event features canoeists paddling down an artificial rapids course, while the surfing discipline will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.


Though mixed doubles competitions are held in some sailing events, there are currently no mixed-gender sailing events at the Olympics. All sailing events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be competed by men and women in separate competitions.


Shooting is one of the oldest Olympic sports and has been part of the Summer Games since their inception in 1896. A total of 15 events are contested at each Olympics, split evenly between men and women.

There are a total of 15 events contested at each Olympics, split evenly between men and women. Men and women shoot in different events however, with men contesting the 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol, 25m rapid fire pistol, 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle prone, and women shooting in the 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol, 25m sport pistol, 50m rifle 3 positions and trap.

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