On September 9, the organization of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games submitted its proposal to include new sports for the Olympic program, a procedure carried out by each organizing committee prior to its Games. This is how the IOC had to evaluate whether to accept such additions or not. In this case, within the framework of the Executive Board being held in Mumbai, India, the go-ahead was given to incorporate all the sports suggested by Los Angeles.
The news was confirmed by the president of the sports body, Thomas Bach, who also announced the return of weightlifting and modern pentathlon to the Olympic program. These announcements will be validated next week at the 141st session of the IOC after obtaining the approval of the Executive Board at this time.
“The choice of these five new sports is in line with American sports culture and will introduce the world to iconic American sports and, at the same time, bring international sports closer to the United States,” Thomas Bach acknowledged, in addition to assuring that, “These sports will make the LA28 Olympic Games unique.” The 2028 edition will mark the return of an Olympic Game to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996.
While it is expected that after Los Angeles 2028, these sports will be eliminated to make way for Brisbane 2032 sports selection, there were two other sports that were confirmed to be reinstated to the program.
Both weightlifting and modern pentathlon had been put under observation when the initial Olympic program for Los Angeles was announced. It has now been defined that both will be part of these Games. In the first case, the IOC recommended its inclusion following the decision of the IWF, the International Weightlifting Federation, to delegate its anti-doping management to the International Testing Agency (ITA) and its sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at least until the end of 2028. Basically, it had been called into question after several irregularities on the part of its Federation.
On the other hand, it was decided to incorporate modern pentathlon after the IOC recognized the changes to replace horse-riding with obstacle courses and the optimization work carried out by the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) to reduce costs and complexity. Based on this, Thomas Bach stated: “Without this change, modern pentathlon would not have been included in the program.”
Boxing will continue to be investigated and no final decision has been made about its future. The reality is that the IBA is still suspended and does not seem to reach an agreement or calm the waters enough to establish a friendly relationship with the IOC. Bach said he wanted the sport to continue in the program because he has no problems with the sport itself, but he does have problems with the federation and its management.
It seems that it will finally be confirmed for the 2028 program, will also be part of Paris 2024, but several rules and adjustments will have to be established by its authorities to ensure its future within the Olympic universe.