Skateboarding, climbing and surfing, sports that first made their impact at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, have been included in the initial sports programme for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
But boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon have not made the cut of the initial 28 sports and must meet certain criteria in 2023 to be included, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.
An IOC session in February will approve the initial programme. The three sports that are left out will be up for re-inclusion at the IOC session in 2023.
Skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing made their Olympic debuts in Tokyo this year, with the Games delayed by a year due to COVID-19, and were a big hit with young viewers.
They are already a part of the programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
For weightlifting and boxing, their exclusion is a major blow as the international federations struggle with governance, finance and corruption issues while being repeatedly warned by the IOC to reform or risk their Olympic spots.
Both will need to show improvement in terms of financial transparency and governance to get back into the Olympics.
Modern pentathlon, part of the Games for more than a century, must provide plans for a replacement to horses in the competition following a scandal during the Tokyo Games where a horse was hit by a trainer.
“The UIPM (modern pentathlon federation) must finalise its proposal for a replacement of horse riding and overall competition format … they must demonstrate significant reduction in cost … and appeal to youth and the general public,” Bach said.