Golf &rugby sevens retain Olympic spots

18 Sep 2017

Golf and rugby sevens will remain on the programme for the 2024 summer Olympic Games in Paris, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.

The decision, taken by IOC members at the IOC session in Lima, ratifies an earlier recommendation from the IOC executive board to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The programme for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles will not be finalised until after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

In other news from the IOC session, Anita DeFrantz of the US was elected as an IOC vice-president, replacing John Coates, while Fiji’s Robin Mitchell, Nicole Hoevertsz of Aruba and Denis Oswald of Switzerland were voted onto the executive board.

Eight new members were also elected after having been proposed by the executive board in August. Four members were elected as individual members - Baklai Temengil, Kristin Kloster Aasen, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul and Luis Mejia Oviedo.

President of the Pan-American Sports Organisation, Neven Ivan Ilic Alvarez, and Oman Olympic Committee president Khalid Muhammad Al Zubair were elected as representatives of a National Olympic Committee (NOC) or continental association of NOCs.

World Rowing president Jean-Christophe Rolland and International Equestrian Federation president Ingmar de Vos were elected as members representing an International Federation.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont added: “I would like to thank the IOC president Thomas Bach and the IOC members for placing their continued trust in rugby, and our national member unions, players and passionate fans for making sevens the best it can possibly be. We continue to prepare for what promises to be a superb Tokyo 2020, congratulate Paris and look forward to working in full partnership with both organising committees and the IOC to ensure spectacular men’s and women’s rugby sevens."

“Golf, as one of the 28 sports, is excited about the opportunity that this creates for the continued development and growth of our sport around the world,” the International Golf Federation said. “We look forward to building upon the success of golf’s return to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and working with the organising committee of Paris 2024 to create a memorable experience for our athletes and fans, and a lasting legacy for golf."

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