Modern pentathlon and taekwondo at risk of losing Olympic Games place
Modern pentathlon and taekwondo are considered most at risk as the International Olympic Committee prepares to drop one sport from its programme at its executive board meeting in Lausanne today.
Board members will vote on which current sport to sacrifice, with golf and rugby union sevens – due to make their respective Olympic debuts in Rio in 2016 – not eligible for expulsion.
The excluded sport will get a chance to reclaim its Olympic place as it will be automatically included on the list of hopefuls to be added for the 2020 Games, with a decision due at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September.
The sports already bidding for a 2020 place are squash, karate, wakeboarding, wushu, roller sports, rock-climbing and a joint bid by baseball and softball, sports which were themselves excluded after the Beijing Games.
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Modern pentathlon retains strong support among some elements of the IOC due to its rich Olympic history.
Somerset's Sam Weale, from East Coker near Yeovil, was part of Team GB's modern pentathlon squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.