Other Sport

Paris 2024 rejects Olympic pleas by karate and squash

2019-03-08 22:00
Olympics (File)

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday quashed the hopes of karate and squash which had kept lobbying for inclusion in the 2024 Games even after Paris organisers had announced its roster.

In a rejuvenating overhaul, Paris 2024 announced in February that it would include breakdancing, climbing, surfing and skateboarding, subject to approval by the IOC at a meeting at Lausanne March 26-28. A final decision will be delivered in December.

There should be 28 sports with 319 events on the 2024 list, with the four candidate sports yet to be rubber stamped.

Karate officials, whose sport  has been included on the 2020 Tokyo roster, were in Paris this week to try and persuade a change of heart. Squash partisans are also planning to continue their campaign for inclusion.

However Kit McConnell, head of sports at IOC, told AFP on Friday it was too late for additional candidates.

"Once the original proposal is made, it's over," the New Zealander McConnell told AFP.

"The process was clear: we have explained that the IOC could not add any more sports," he said.

"But we can cut one of the sports," he said.

"The proposal will be discussed during the meeting of the executive commission," he said

"And if the session approves the recommendation, these sports will be provisionally approved. The final decision will be made in December 2020."

Read more on:    olympics 2024  |  squash  |  karate


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.