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IOC gives itself more power to remove sports from future Olympics

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5 ( +6 / -1 )

That'll hurt China and Cuba

6 ( +9 / -3 )

I have a better suggestion, the IOC should REMOVE itself from SPORT!!!

There fixed it!

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*The IOC can now remove a sport if its governing body does not comply with a decision made by the Olympic body’s executive board or if it *“acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic movement.”

Like Russian athletes being doled to the gills?

The Olympics have become a joke. Sad for the athletes.

21 ( +27 / -6 )

IOC is soooo corrupt

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@smith

Russian athletes doped to the gills - yes, agree

14 ( +19 / -5 )

Please remove ping pong.

2 ( +21 / -19 )

or if it “acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic movement.”

Yeah you know, the totally upstanding, immaculately run, scandal free Olympic movement.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

Ah! That was one of the reasons to insist on going forward with Tokyo. Seizing more powers for to garner future revenue from those who will pay. -

13 ( +16 / -3 )

Modern day Piracy - “Cap’n, yer crew’s plundered all da booty we can muster and ARRRe scuttling this derelict. The watchman’s spotted another banner on the horizon.” -

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The Philippines just got our first Olympic gold medal in weightlifting and 2 silvers and 1 bronze in boxing, now they want to remove these sports in 2024?? Better remove IOC management of the Olympics.

19 ( +22 / -3 )

More reasons to boycott these carpetbagging profiteers. No longer “an Olympics for the people”, of the people, by the people.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

On a purely semantic level, how can an organization which considers itself omnipotent give itself more power?

25 ( +25 / -0 )

I hope the decision of the IOC to hold the games at the peak of the Japanese summer is questioned.

It was irresponsible, dangerous and luckily no one died, otherwise it would have been criminal.

That doesn’t take away the corruption in Boxing, there are plenty of questionable decisions driven by mostly incompetence but sometimes partisanship!!!

20 ( +20 / -0 )

The Philippines just got our first Olympic gold medal in weightlifting and 2 silvers and 1 bronze in boxing, now they want to remove these sports in 2024?? Better remove IOC management of the Olympics.

Please the IOC can't have poor countries winning medals, they just don't bring in the big TV bucks.

I mean the 30 top countries could only get 75% of the medals so I guess they can't politically remove poor countries but they can eliminate the sports those countries have a chance at winning a medal.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

A group of people voting themselves more power

What an surprising outcome

25 ( +26 / -1 )

Understood yet, perhaps you meant “*altruistic” *@Some dude 2:49pm:

*- **“On a purely semantic level, how can an organization which considers itself omnipotent give itself more power?*

They ARE making themselves “omnipotentwith such actions. (ALL powerful)

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Are the artistically judged sports really sports?

Is training horses to do your bidding sports?

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Understood yet, perhaps you meant “altruistic” *@Some dude 2:49pm:*

**- **“On a purely semantic level, how can an organization which considers itself omnipotent give itself more power?**

They ARE making themselves “omnipotent” with such actions. (ALL powerful)

No, I did mean “omnipotent”. They already act that way (look at their attitude towards Tokyo), so it just seems odd that they would feel the need to give themselves any more power.

“Altruistic” is jus about the last word I would use in relation to the IOC!

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Great, because what an unelected quasi state needs is MORE power....

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Please the IOC can't have poor countries winning medals, they just don't bring in the big TV bucks.

I mean the 30 top countries could only get 75% of the medals so I guess they can't politically remove poor countries but they can eliminate the sports those countries have a chance at winning a medal.

It would make future medal tables much simpler, though:

USA

China

Host country (token gesture)

Other

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Ofcourse they did this - because they can and no one can challenge them for this

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Like it or not, Karate, Softball and Baseball have already been axed.

Which ones are next?

11 ( +11 / -0 )

What a joke, it is just like a dictator running an election, winning with a landslide and claiming it was fair and clear.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

The next summer games are in Paris. Maybe they should replace whichever events they discard with something French, or French-ish. Pétanque, savate, jai alai. No stranger than some of the events we’ve seen in these ones.

I mean… the Inordinately Oligarchic Committee seem determined to turn the event into their own private sports club, so at least have a little local flavor.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Please add Dodgeball in honor of Patches O'Houlihan. Remember the 5 D's of dodgeball, dodge, duck, dip, dive, and ...... dodge

5 ( +6 / -1 )

So they have more power to remove sports but not to add them? Won't there eventually be zero sports left?

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Perhaps they will @JessieLee, if someone doesn’t ‘throw a wrench’ into the IOC’s machinations.

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Phew! Woke up this morning and thought to myself, "Now, what's one thing the IOC truly needs... MORE POWER!" Glad my dreams are coming true.

Seriously, though, while judging in boxing in particular is heinous at times, the last thing the IOC needs is more power and permission to do anything.

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Coincidentally(?), the equestrian horses were also flown in from Belgium on a 777 by way of Dubai. Do we think honestly riders with :20 to bond with unfamiliar & spooked horses running around Takeshi’s Castle would do well ??

*- @Kag 3:02pm: “Are the artistically judged sports really sports? Is training horses to do your bidding sports?”*

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Get back in the Tardis @smithinjapan 3:42p This IOC universe needs “a great reset”.

“Phew! Woke up this morning and thought to myself, "Now, what's one thing the IOC truly needs... MORE POWER!" Glad my dreams are coming true.” -

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

EVERYONE here needs to make a screenshot of this 3pm JT homepage & photo as a future reminder next time profiteers seek to control a country.

A 98% empty stadium, broken Olympic Rings, an overinflated, looming tax bill and a headline that reads:

IOC gives itself more power to removes sports from future Olympics -
4 ( +5 / -1 )

Start with soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf …

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As they say, Olympics is not all sports. It is an occasion athletes of the world get together. For example, baseball and basketball, they are not top players of the sports representing the country. Japan won the gold medal in baseball, but they won against the American team which did not include Major Leaguers.

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We need a Frodo, Sam and Gollum to bring the Lords of the Rings down to reality.

This corrupt NGO comprising event producers and marketing managers now thinks it is a sovereign country with a 'president' and diplomatic status, and can ride override any country for its goals, vacuuming the profits from global broadcasting and claiming all the conceivable expenses from the host country with some of the most one-sided contracts ever seen.

In return they get 7 years to construct, plan, and manage the circus, 2 weeks of dubious glory, 10-30 years of paying off the cost; with a little profit going to a few of the country's elites, and a legacy of concrete and steel.

It's a great business model for the IOC, a costly nightmare for nearly everyone else.

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@KentarogaijinToday  04:33 pm JST

Breakdancing will debut in Paris 

I accept skate, climbing etc... 

But the clownish break dance ???...

That's not a sport !!..

It's the most PATHETIC thing IOC can do.. 

Why not GTA in real life of my beloved hotdog eating contest????..

The Paris games will be the most pathetic of all olympics..

more pathetic than this 2020/1 shame has been… that pretty darn pathetic I can’t imagine.

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tip; If a 12 year-old is winning Olympic medals in your sport, its not a sport.

Its a parlour game.

The IOC has lost its way.

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They always seem to discuss removing sports that are closer to the original Olympic events.

They even dropped wrestling once.

If you really have to reduce it, take a look at golf for starters.

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But some Japanese are ‘so good at it’ !! @Kentarogaijin 4:33pm:

“But the clownish break dance ???... That's not a sport !!.. It's the most PATHETIC thing” -

Would you deny your ‘adoptive country’ more chances at Olympic Gold ??

Seems somewhat frumpy of an attitude ..

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The IOC gave itself more power Sunday to remove sports from the Olympic program.

this comity has become a bunch of egotistical self rulling thugs, they have or are become a bunch of dictators.

what ever happened to sport? to many politics are involved now for my liking

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People complaining about removing weightlifting, I wonder which part of this phrase is difficult to understand:

Weightlifting is most at risk of being cut from the Paris Olympics because of long-term doping cases and governance issues, including financial corruption.

Yeah - out with the whole bunch for a decade or so, until they piss out the drugs and a clean generation is formed...

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Olympic movement

what does that even mean anymore

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The problem with boxing is the judges. The organizers are forced to include judges that are incompetent from countries that are corrupt. You also have national federations pressuring the judges before the bouts.

The problem with weight lifting is the aiding by federations for their athletes to consume industrial levels of performance enhancing drugs. Of course its not just weight lifting, but if medals were awarded for steroid use Weight lifting would sweep the podium.

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Ridiculous that karate isn't kept considering its worldwide reach and especially in France, who won't be able to keep it for next time. France won a gold medal!

when a sport rises above the nations of its origins and becomes respected worldwide isn't that what an "Olympic movement" is supposed to be?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Add dodgeball and go karting.

Eliminate equestrian and shooting.

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Race walking was also cancelled because of those triggered by there only being a mens' team.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

"Modern pentathlon" gone. It was designed as a modern set of sports in 1896, the first Olympics.

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Breakdancing... What's next who can down a beer the fastest?

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bobToday  04:49 pm JST

tip; If a 12 year-old is winning Olympic medals in your sport, its not a sport. 

Its a parlour game.

I’d bet a pinky you couldn’t come close to riding a skateboard as well as that 12 year old. It would be funny as a rubber crutch watching you fall on your arse, though.

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more pathetic than this 2020/1 shame has been… that pretty darn pathetic I can’t imagine.

Well stated.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The game of Kabaddi is spreading quickly across several continents. Kabaddi appears to have a bright future at Olympics. In Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Australia, and in New Zealand - Kabaddi has been deepening its roots. It's time the popular sport makes its entry at the Olympics.

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One: With all the other sports events that occur around the world yearly, why do we need this debacle with professionals and kids playing sports?

Two: Don't you think the money games have to end?

Three: What good do these massively expensive events do to help the general population of said winner countries that get to host these debacle events?

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Tokyo added baseball, softball and karate to this year's Games, and also gave debuts to skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which chimed with the IOC's attempt to woo young viewers.

Breakdancing will debut in Paris while skateboarding, climbing and surfing will be retained.

That's what it's really all about. Attracting a younger audience, the viewer ratings have significantly dropped over the years and the politics and social justice worries perverting the games is turning a lot of people off and if they want to regain some of that lost audience, they need to reach out and include the sports and discipline that THEY like. Rowing and Equestrian is not for everyone especially younger kids, so break-dancing, BMX, skateboarding do make a lot of sense to add to these games. In the end it's always about the money, always and you do what you can to make that money.

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Breakdancing? Skateboarding, bmx riding these are not sports. The olympics is becoming a bloated waste of time, what’s next sitting on the couch? Running for a bus? Finding things on google with your smart phone? I will definitely not be watching in the future..

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Breakdancing? Skateboarding, bmx riding these are not sports. The olympics is becoming a bloated waste of time, 

And the IOC are looking beyond people like you or those that hate these sports. if they continue to cater to people over 30 and up viewership will continue to fall and they don't want that and like in every other business, you go where the money is at and the 12-30 demographics are what they are aiming for. Makes sense to me.

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Breakdancing an Olympic event!!! Hahahahahahahah what next? Fishing? Mushroom picking? Cherry picking, they can jump from tree to tree? How about chess, while they kick each other under the table?

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When a bully gets away with something it is common that it tries to do more, getting away with pushing the olympics even with the strong opposition of the host country people and health care experts can make the big shots think they can get away with a lot more.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Break dancing? What next, breaking wind?

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The IOC is a dictatorship run by Bacha, so why ask for our opinions? He can and does anything he wants, just as he told Suga he will have the olympics no matter what.

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Karate famous worldwide.

Dear IOC,

Time to make it a permanent place for the Olympics. It deserves a permanent spot.

If certain sports come from Caucasian countries, permanent spot in the Olympics. If it's Karate from Japan, it remains to be seen. Ping Pong from China should be removed apparently.

White countries determine what's a sport and what's not a sport. But they see no Racism going on in their point of view.

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My view of the “Olympic movement” has slowly evolved over the years since professional basketball players (the Dream Team) were allowed to participate. The power of the corporate sponsors to force these games to take place to the detriment of Japan and now the concentration of power into the hands of the IOC as a quasi central governing authority over all other athletic governing bodies just makes this an open and shut case. The idea of the Olympics is no longer represented by the Olympic Games of today. Also adding sports that require no significant physical effort, based on subjective judgment or for the purpose of increasing viewership is just wrong.

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Cancel some swimming events. There's 25 gold medals to win there. No wonder USA always does well with 1/3rd of their medals coming in the pool from usually just5a few athletes.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

"the Olympic movement"? "the Olympic family"? What lovely soft, fuzzy words. How about changing those to "the Olympic mafia" or simply "the Olympic Cosa Nostra"? So they are awarding themselves some more power? My, what a surprise! I guess while they were at it, they gave themselves a pay rise, and nominated Herr Barfch for his Nobel.

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An overdue and sensible change.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The Wall Climbing Sport was FANTASTIC, Brilliant young Athletes, male AND Female . The 17 year old Girl from Korea will be 4 years older for Paris Olympics, she will do well. (hope the Climbing will be included in Paris!!)

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Maybe its because Japan didn't medal, but I never saw a single surfing highlight on Japanese tv. Sure, maybe I wasn't clued to my tv enough, but I never say even 5 seconds of anything related to surfing...or even rowing.

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Why would you be planning to remove any sports? Thought it’s all about inclusion? Boxing is one of the few sports that anyone, in particularly those that have had it real rough, can climb themselves out of poverty to stardom. Loved watching the boxing. When the Irish lass won that final gold it was just grand. Leave it alone please.

Add as many sports as you like, why does everything gained have to be at the expense of some other group to be excluded? Just don’t get it. Celebrate all peak human physical and mental endeavors. How bout that for a strategy?

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ReasonandwisdomJapan.....

Ping Pong from China

No it isn't. Table tennis is from Great Britain.

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Weightlifting is most at risk of being cut from the Paris Olympics because of long-term doping cases and governance issues, including financial corruption.

How about

The IOC is most at risk of being cut from the Paris Olympics because of long-term doping cases and governance issues, including financial corruption.

Just a dream.

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Skateboarding I can understand, but breakdancing? Really??? Breakdancing?

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but breakdancing? Really??? Breakdancing?

Yup and if you think Golf or bowling is going to bring in young kids, you are sadly mistaken.

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IOC gives itself more power to remove sports from future Olympics

Instead of adding “sports” like surfing and skateboarding the IOC should be getting rid of about half of them. Stick to the basics, running, jumping, throwing, fighting and some other traditional sporting activities. All of these added sports lessens the value of an Olympic medal.

There are a large number of human endeavors that are very difficult but are more of a curiosity than sport. BMX? There are already plenty of biking events in the Olympics- so now they add an event for bikes with tiny tires! It’s just weird. It’s no wonder viewership for the Olympics is so low at a time when a global pandemic is forcing people to stay closer to their living room television.

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Now break-dancing is an Olympic sport? What's next? Basket weaving? How about nude sunbathing? Wine making?

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Small minded as always.

Olympics should evolve the more countries join and participate.

More cultures join, more forms of competition should be added.

Old saying goes: You can't teach an Old Dog New Tricks.

Meaning

Your too old, Irrelevant, don't understand a new world with more then just 20 ways to compete.... You have thousands of ways to challenge one another.

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Wow, imagine that. The organization that governs the Olympics gets to decide which sports are included in the Olympics and which aren't.

Not sure what the big flip is about this "news."

Next thing you know, the board of directors at Sony will get to decide how the company is run and who gets to run it. What a surprising concept!

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