IOC finalises LA28 Olympic sports programme evaluation criteria

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) has approved the sports programme evaluation criteria that will be used to review each sport’s disciplines and potential new sports for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 (LA28).

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The criteria are aligned with the LA28 sports programme principles, which were approved by the IOC EB in April 2022, and reflect the Olympic Charter, the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and both the IOC and LA28’s vision for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028. 

The LA28 sports programme criteria centre on:

  • Prioritising a reduction in the cost and complexity of hosting the Games.
  • Engaging the best athletes and sports that put athlete health and safety first.
  • Recognising global appeal to fans across the world, and host country interest.
  • Prioritising gender equality and youth relevance to engage new fans and athletes.
  • Upholding integrity and fairness to support clean sports. 
  • Supporting environmental sustainability to foster long-term sustainability.

In the coming months, LA28 and the IOC will work with the International Sports Federations to review the disciplines using the evaluation criteria. The criteria will also aid in the evaluation of potential new sports for the Olympic Games LA28.  

At the IOC Session in February 2022, the 28 Olympic sports on LA28’s Initial Sports Programme were announced. These are aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoe, cycling, equestrian, fencing, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, football, sport climbing, surfing, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.

Beyond the initial 28 sports, the host Organising Committee has the opportunity to propose additional new sports for inclusion in the LA28 Olympic sports programme.

The final decision regarding the disciplines on the LA28 Olympic sports programme will be made by the IOC EB in 2023.

The final decision on the events, quotas and competition formats will be taken by the EB in 2024, after the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

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