A programme of 28 sports have been included on the initial programme for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028, but Boxing, Weightlifting and Modern Pentathlon are not among them.
The International Olympic Committee met overnight in Beijing to approve the list which is not yet final but which does include Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing as part of what it describes as a “strong focus on youth.”
“The LA28 Games have always been about bringing more freshness, youthful energy and creativity into the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman.
“Los Angeles is a place unlike any other and it will be incredible to host surfing, skateboarding and climbing as iconic West Coast sports alongside Olympic fan favourites.”
The full LA28 Olympic sports program will be finalized, in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, by the end of 2023.
The suggestion is that each of the three traditional sports not currently on the list could be added back once a number of issues to do with governance and appeal are addressed.
Tokyo staged a record number of 33 sports last summer. Rio staged 28 sports and London 26 in the two games before. Paris in 2024 has 32 sports giving rise to 329 medal events.
LA28 has the opportunity to propose additional new sports to the program that would be additive to the initial sports program.
The LA28 Paralympic sports program is determined at a later date by a process set by the International Paralympic Committee.