Candidate Sports for the 2020 Olympics

At its meeting ahead of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, RSA, the board followed the suggestions of the Program Commission and shortlisted again the five sports (baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, squash) that were considered in the review of the program for the Games in 2016 already. Golf and rugby sevens succeeded with their campaign then. Sport climbing, wakeboard and wushu are the newcomers to the list.

The International World Games Association takes pride in the fact that seven of the 30+ sports of The World Games 2013 made the the shortlist of candidate sports for the 2020 Olympics. Baseball is the sole candidate without current ties to the IWGA!


  • Baseball
  • Karate
  • Roller Sports
  • Softball
  • Sport Climbing
  • Squash
  • Wakeboard
  • Wushu

As the program will be limited to a maximum of 28 sports in 2020, and as golf and rugby are slated for a second appearance after 2016, only one of the eight shortlisted sports can actually be added to the Games. Which one it will be is voted on by the 125th IOC Session in 2013.

The International World Games Association congratulates the federations and wishes them all the luck in their continued campaigning.

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