The Olympic programme evolution / The Olympic Studies Centre

The Olympic Studies Centre

Edited by The Olympic Studies Centre - 2018

What makes a sport an Olympic sport ? From the Games of the I Olympiad Athens 1896 the size of the Olympic programme has grown from 43 events in 10 sports and disciplines to more than 300 events in 49 sports and discipline in 2020. A similar pattern of growth is also seen for the Winter Games. But what is the difference between a sport, a discipline and an event? And who decides what is included? This reference document on the Olympic programme evolution has the answers, revealing some of the criteria that have been put in place to develop the Olympic programme over the years.

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