In Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
In Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from 4 to 20 February 2022.
In Paris, France, from 26 July to 11 August 2024.
In Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, in Italy, in 2026.
In Los Angeles, USA, in 2028.
In Brisbane, Australia, in 2032.
This is a wish shared by many sports enthusiasts, and the IOC appreciates this enthusiasm. As a result, it tries to make the programme of the Games evolve within the limits and rules established.
First of all, a sport must be governed by an International Federation which undertakes to follow the rules of the Olympic Charter, a basic condition for recognition by the IOC. It must also be practised widely across the world and meet various criteria. After that, the IOC ‘s Executive Board may recommend that a recognised sport be added to the Games programme, if the IOC Session approves it.
To be recognised by the IOC, a sport must first of all be governed by an International Federation (IF). This is required in order to conform to the Rules of the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code as well as the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.
A sport is that which is governed by an International Federation (IF).
A discipline is a branch of a sport comprising one or more events.
An event is a competition in a sport or discipline that gives rise to a ranking.
Thus, skiing is a sport, while cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and Nordic combined are disciplines. Alpine skiing is a discipline, while the super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined are events.
The International Federations (IFs) are responsible for deciding on the programme of events in their respective sports. However, any proposal by an IF to add or remove disciplines or events has to be approved by the IOC Executive Board.
The International Sports Federations (IFs) are responsible for the governance and technical management of their sport at the Olympic Games. As such, all questions or comments should be addressed directly to the IFs.
The list of sports on the programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 is available on the official website of the Organising Committee: "Olympic Sports" section.
Find out more about how the sports on the Olympic Games programme are selected and the IOC’s rules:
The first three athletes receive a medal. The first eight athletes in each event receive a diploma, and their names are announced to the public.
Since the 1932 Winter Games in Lake Placid (USA), the medal award ceremony has always been made on a podium. The first-placed athlete, on the highest step in the centre, receives a gold medal and the title of Olympic champion. The second-place athlete stands to the winner’s right, and receives a silver medal; while the third-placed athlete stands to the left and receives a bronze medal. The flags of all three athletes are raised, and the winner’s national anthem is played.
You can find all Olympic medallists and the results of the latest Games editions in the "Results" section of our website.
11,237 athletes competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, 6,178 men and 5,059 women.
207 National Olympic Committees including the Refugees Olympic Team and the Indenpendant Olympic Athletes participated in the Olympic Games.
2,833 athletes (1,664 men and 1,169 women) attended these Winter Games.
92 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) including the Olympic Athletes from Russia and the Unified Team of Korea in women’s Ice Hockey took part in the Winter Games in PyeongChang.
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