Olympic Games Sports Changes
Since the first Olympic Games in which nine sports were contested, there have been regular changes in the number and types of sports. There is a core of five sports that have been on every Olympic program, Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics and Swimming, while others have come and gone, and sometimes come back again.
|Year||Host||no. of sports||change|
|2020||Tokyo, Japan||28||no change|
|2016||Rio, Brazil||28||Rugby 7s and Golf added|
|2012||London, England||26||Baseball and Softball dropped|
|2008||Beijing, China||28||no change|
|2004||Athens, Greece||28||no change|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||28||Taekwondo and Triathlon added|
|1996||Atlanta, USA||26||Softball added|
|1992||Barcelona, Spain||25||Badminton and Baseball added|
|1988||Seoul, South Korea||23||Table Tennis and Tennis added|
|1984||Los Angeles, USA||21||no change|
|1980||Moscow, USSR||21||no change|
|1976||Montreal, Canada||21||no change|
|1972||Munich, Germany||21||Archery, Handball, and Judo added|
|1968||Mexico City, Mexico||18||Judo dropped from the program|
|1964||Tokyo, Japan||19||Judo and Volleyball added|
|1960||Rome, Italy||17||no change|
|1956||Melbourne, Australia||17||no change|
|1952||Helsinki, Finland||17||no change|
|1948||London, UK||17||polo and handball dropped|
|1936||Berlin, Germany||19||added basketball, canoeing, handball, football, polo|
|1932||Los Angeles, USA||14||added shooting. dropped football|
|1928||Amsterdam, Holland||14||Added field hockey. Dropped shooting, tennis, polo, rugby union|
|1924||Paris, France||17||Dropped were archery, field hockey and tug-of-war. Figure skating and ice hockey were moved to the Winter Olympics program. No new sports were added.|
|1920||Antwerp, Belgium||22||No sports were dropped. Added were archery, boxing, field hockey, weight lifting, polo, rugby union, figure skating and ice hockey.|
added were equestrian, modern pentathlon, dropped were archery, boxing, field hockey, lacrosse, jeu de paume, polo, rackets, rugby union, water motorsports, figure skating.
|1908||London, Great Britain||22||
dropped roque and weightlifting, and added was Field Hockey, Figure Skating, sailing, shooting, Jeu de paume, Rackets, Rugby union, water motorsports.
|1904||St Louis, USA||16||
dropped were Basque pelota, cricket, croquet, equestrian, polo, Rugby union, sailing, shooting. Added were lacrosse, roque, weightlifting, wrestling, boxing (and Diving as part of Aquatics)
|1900||Paris, France||19|| Weightlifting and wrestling were dropped, and these added: Archery,
Golf, Polo, Rowing, Rugby union, Sailing, Tug of war (and Water Polo as part of Aquatics)
|1896||Athens, Greece||9||The initial sports were: Artistic Gymnastics,
Cycling (Road & Track), Fencing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting, Greco-Roman Wrestling.
- See details of sport selections
- about Discontinued Olympic Sports.
- How sports are selected for the Olympics