A look at what sports are not in the Summer Olympics and why.
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The Summer Olympics are a time when the world comes together to watch the best athletes from all over the globe compete in a variety of sporting events. This year, the Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 – August 9. While many of the traditional sports will be featured in the Olympics, there are some that will not be included.
List of sports in the Summer Olympics
The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The games are conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Athletes from nations all over the world compete in a variety of events. The sporting structure of the Olympics is similar to that of other multinational sporting events such as FIFA World Cups and athletics’ Diamond League meets.
Athletics (track and field), aquatics (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, open water swimming), archery, badminton, baseball/softball, basketball, boxing, canoeing/kayaking (flatwater and slalom), cycling (road, track and mountain biking), equestrian (dressage, eventing and jumping), fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), handball, hockey, judo, Modern pentathlon (fencing, freestyle swimming 200 m; show jumping; pistol shooting starts with a time handicap; cross-country running 5 km), roller sports ( inline speed skating , road racing skating , roller hockey on quad skates , artistic skating ), rugby sevens , sailing , shooting , soft tennis , table tennis , taekwondo , tennis , triathlon , volleyball (beach volleyball and indoor volleyball ), water polo , weightlifting and wrestling are all sports in the Summer Olympics. Some Olympic sports have runners-up medalists; these athletes receive silver medals instead.
Sports not in the Summer Olympics
Here is a list of sports that are not in the Summer Olympics.
– Rugby union
There are a few winter sports that are not in the Summer Olympics. These sports include ski jumping, bobsledding, and luge. Winter sports are not as popular as summer sports, so they are not included in the Summer Olympics.
List of sports in the Winter Olympics
There are a total of 15 sports in the Winter Olympics. Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curled, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating and ice hockey.
Sports not in the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics are held every four years, with the next one scheduled for Beijing in 2022. Unlike the Summer Olympics, which include both Summer and Winter sports, the Winter Olympics are restricted to sports played on snow or ice.
This means that many of the sports that are popular in the Summer Olympics, such as track and field, swimming, and gymnastics, are not included in the Winter Olympics. Some of the most popular sports in the Winter Olympics include skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling.
With the exception of curling, which was added in 1998, all of the sports that are currently played in the Winter Olympics have been included since the first games were held in 1924.
Why some sports are not in the Olympics
The sports that are in the Summer Olympics are there because they are popular around the world and can be played in most countries. Some sports, like football (soccer), are not in the Olympics because they are not popular in all countries. Other sports, like cricket, are not in the Olympics because they are not played in enough countries.
Lack of popularity
There are a few reasons why some sports are not in the Olympics. One reason is that the sport is not popular enough. For a sport to be in the Olympics, it must be practiced by athletes in many different nations around the world. A sport that is only popular in one country or region is not likely to be included in the Olympics.
Another reason why some sports are not in the Olympics is that they may not meet the criteria set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). For example, a sport must be widely practiced by men and women in order to be considered for inclusion in the Olympics. Additionally, a sport must have an international governing body to oversee its competition.
Finally, some sports are simply too dangerous to be played at the Olympic level. This is often the case with extreme sports, such as skateboarding or BMX biking. While there may be athletes who are willing to risk injury for a chance to compete at the Olympics, organizers of the Games are reluctant to include these types of sports due to liability concerns.
Lack of interest
Athletic competitions have been a part of human civilization for millennia, with the first recorded Olympics taking place in Ancient Greece in 776 BC. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that the modern Olympic Games were established. Since then, the Olympics have undergone a number of changes, with new sports being added and others being dropped. So, why are some sports not in the Olympics?
There are a number of reasons why a sport may not be included in the Olympic Games. The most common reason is simply lack of interest or popularity. In order to be included in the Olympics, a sport must be widely practiced around the world and have an international governing body. For example, while there are many popular team sports such as basketball and hockey, they are not currently included in the Summer Olympics because there is no global governing body for those sports (the International Olympic Committee only recognizes the International Basketball Federation and the International Ice Hockey Federation).
Another reason why a sport may not be in the Olympics is because it does not meet the criteria set by the International Olympic Committee. For example, a sport must not pose a danger to athletes or spectators and must be widely practiced by both men and women in order to be considered for inclusion. This is why dangerous sports like boxing and wrestling have been dropped from the Summer Olympics in recent years (although they are still included in the Winter Olympics).
Finally, some sports simply don’t fit well into the Olympic format. For example, while many individual sports like running and swimming are included in the Olympics, team sports like baseball and football are not. This is because it would be difficult to create an Olympic tournament for team sports that would be fair and competitive.
Over the years, various sports have been contested at the Summer Olympic Games. Some of these sports, however, are no longer on the Olympic programme. This can be for a number of reasons, but one of the most common is financial.
When a sport is expensive to host or requires specialized facilities that many countries cannot afford, it becomes less feasible for that sport to be included in the Olympics. This has been the case for a number of sports, including equestrianism, golf, and rugby union.
Furthermore, as the Olympics have become increasingly commercialized, there has been less and less room for “non-mainstream” sports. This has led to the exclusion of sports like softball and baseball, which were once widely popular but are now overshadowed by more lucrative events like football and basketball.
Finally, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) seeks to streamline the Olympics and make them more viewer-friendly, certain sports have been dropped from the programme in order to make room for others. For example, when tennis was reinstated as an Olympic sport in 1988 after being absent since 1924, a number of other sports were removed to make room for it. These included baseball, softball, fencing, and team handball.