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. The sports that are eligible for inclusion in the programme, beside the current Olympic IFs, are only those “governed by other IFs recognised by the IOC”, as per the Bye-law to Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter (§1.3.2). If this criterion is met, it should be noted that the opportunity to propose additional sports to the programme is at the full discretion of the respective Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and subject to the final decision of the IOC Session.
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 event programme for the Olympic Games is defined by the IOC Executive Board upon recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission and in cooperation with the International Federations and the respective Organising Committee of the Olympic Winter Games.
More specifically, any proposal for a new event put forward by the respective International Federation goes through a very strict review and decision-making process led by the Olympic Programme Commission, which involves representatives of athletes, International Federations and National Olympic Committees.
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 "Olympic Results" section of our website.
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