| DURBAN, South Africa, July 4
DURBAN, South Africa, July 4 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
(Editing by Ed Osmond)