IOC considers adding events at 2016 Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Three years out from the Rio Games, 3-on-3 basketball and BMX freestyle are competing in an alternative Olympic contest - trying to win selection to the program.
The International Olympic Committee is now assessing possible extra events, teams and athletes for Brazil after the successful London Games.
IOC sports director Christophe Dubi said Monday that the Olympics sports federations have been “extremely creative” with their requests. The IOC executive board will decide on Aug. 9 in Moscow which events to add after studying reports from Dubi’s department. The Rio Games program is set to award 306 gold medals across 28 sports with about 10,700 athletes.
Dubi said the IOC wants to make the same impact with new additions as they made in London, which awarded 302 medals in 26 sports. Golf and seven-a-side rugby join in Rio.