Equestrians and equestrian sport fans worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief, as equestrian sports have been confirmed for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The 125th IOC (International Olympic Committee) session, which began 7th September in Buenos Aires, Argentina came to a close today.
After every Olympic Games, the IOC’s Executive Board review the core sports for the Olympics, in an effort to ensure that the Olympics remain relevant to current sporting trends and therefore attractive for viewers.
For a moment, it seemed that equestrian sports were in danger of being removed from the Olympic programme, prompting the FEI to launch the campaign “Two Hearts”, underlining the special bond between horse and rider. However, they have now officially been confirmed!
For the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo the 25 core sports decided were: Equestrian, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball & Weightlifting
It was decided that Wrestling no longer be included in the list of core sports, but would be shortlisted with 7 other sports (baseball, climbing, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboarding and wushu).
These 8 sports will be making their bid for inclusion as an additional sport in the Tokyo Olympics in front of the IOC’s Executive Board in May 2017, at a meeting in Russia’s capital St. Petersburg.
For these 2016 Rio Games, Golf and Rubgy were the additional sports decided.
Great job equestrian fans, way to show the world, and above all the IOC, how much we love equestrianism and its importance as a true sport.
Now let’s show our support for all the incredible Olympians competing in the Paralympics! You are all an inspiration. The Para-equestrian dressage begins tomorrow! (Sunday 11th September).
The Seaver team
10th September 2016