Frequently Asked Questions

Sports, programme and results

What are the conditions required for a sport to be recognised by the IOC?

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.

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For more information on IF recognition, please refer to the Olympic Charter, Chapter 3, Rule 25

List of the International Sports Federations recognised by the IOC (see the "Contact Directory")

Olympic documents

Visit the documents repository to find a list of all documents published on this website. This section contains the major reports, studies, publications and information regarding the Olympic Movement.

The Olympic Studies Centre

The IOC Olympic Studies Centre is the world source of reference for Olympic knowledge. As an integral part of the IOC, we are uniquely placed to provide the most accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on Olympism.