New Sports to be Considered for 2020 Olympics

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Eight new sports will be considered by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics at a city yet to be chosen and could replace an existing sport.

The IOC said Tuesday the Executive Board will consider the inclusion of baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard (a water sport that is a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing) and wushu (full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial art).

As the Olympic program is limited to a maximum of 28 sports, the inclusion of a new sport could mean the replacement of an existing sport.

A vote on inclusion of new sports will be made by the IOC at a meeting in Buenos Aires in 2013.

The decision to consider new sports for 2020 was announced by the IOC confirming the inclusion of ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom, all for men and women, for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Equestrian sports of dressage, eventing and jumping are included in the programs for the 2012 Olympics in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.