Olympics-Wakeboard, sport climbing in frame for 2020 inclusion

DURBAN, South Africa, July 4 Mon Jul 4, 2011 4:45pm EDT

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DURBAN, South Africa, July 4 (Reuters) - Eight sports, including wakeboard and sport climbing, will battle it out for a spot in the 2020 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

Baseball and softball, the two sports removed after the 2008 Games, as well as wakeboard, squash, sport climbing, rollersports, karate and the martial art of wushu, will be evaluated and possibly reduced further in early 2013, IOC President Jacques Rogge told reporters.

"Twelve sports were considered, eight were retained," Rogge said. Surfing, dancing, bowling and netball missed out.

Rogge said a final list would be put to the vote in late 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires for one spot.

Rogge also said the IOC had decided to include men's and women's ski slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom in the Sochi 2014 winter Games programme.

"Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal," he said.

The IOC in April introduced six new events for Sochi, including women's ski jumping, team events for figure skating and luge, ski halfpipe for men and women and biathlon mixed relay. (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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