Bach: Olympic sports may be increased for 2020

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has revealed that the number of Olympic sports could be increased for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The comments add to newly-elected president Bach’s admission last week that a joint softball and baseball bid may see a return to the Games, following their failure to secure a place on the Olympic programme in September.

“We’ve started to study the possible procedural changes. Two limits are insurmountable – the number of athletes taking part and the minimum number of fixed stadiums required from the cities. The rest is under discussion. Currently, we’re at 28 sports, or better, federations, taking part,” Bach told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Perhaps we won’t have to cancel disciplines to increase and keep the number of athletes fixed but just reduce the quota. First, the concept has to be clarified and then we’ll act. We can go from 26 to 27, 28, 29 or 30 sports.

“The [Olympic] Charter can also be amended, also removing the limitation of the choice to be made seven years before. There can be more elasticity. We’ll talk to Ricci Bitti, chairman of the ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) and a very open and constructive man, about it. Perhaps a change can already be made with a view to Tokyo 2020.”