Planning for its next three Olympic Games, the IOC has added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The next Winter Olympics will now include women’s Monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping ski aerials and snowboardcross.
The addition of gold medals to a 109-event program was combined with a reduction in how many athletes will compete.
In an attempt to cut organizing costs, amid recent failures of potential bidders in Europe for the 2016 Winter Games, there should be no additional at the 2,933 competitors at the Pyeongchang Olympics last February.
IOC sports director Kit Mcconnell said on Wednesday that changes for Beijing a strong message about controlling the size of the Olympic Winter Games.” Sports losing athletes from their Olympic quota include 41 in skiing disciplines, 26 from skating, and 20 fewer in biathlon.
Women’s ice hockey will grow by two teams to become a 10-nation lineup instead, adding 46 athletes.
McConnell said an improved gender balance will see 45.4 percent female, athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.
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