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2008 Olympic Events

At the Beijing Olympic Games there were 28 sports on the program, the same as the previous two Olympic Games. The 10km Open Water Swimming event was an Olympic event for the first time in 2008. Also, Baseball and Softball were played for the last time at the 2008 Games. BMX racing (as part of cycling) made its debut in Beijing.

Sporting List

The following is a complete list of all 28 sports participating in the 2008 Olympics:

  1. Aquatics (including swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, water polo)
  2. Archery
  3. Athletics
  4. Badminton
  5. Baseball
  6. Basketball
  7. Boxing
  8. Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater and Slalom
  9. Cycling (including Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX)
  10. Equestrian
  11. Field Hockey
  12. Fencing
  13. Football
  14. Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampolining)
  15. Handball
  16. Judo
  17. Modern Pentathlon
  18. Rowing
  19. Sailing
  20. Shooting
  21. Softball
  22. Table Tennis
  23. Taekwondo
  24. Tennis
  25. Triathlon
  26. Volleyball (Indoor and Beach)
  27. Weightlifting
  28. Wrestling (Greco-Roman and Freestyle)

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Olympics Extra

The next Olympics will be in Paris 2024, followed by the Winter edition in Milan-Cortina 2026. Check out the list of Olympic Games sports, as well as discontinued and demonstration sports.

Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

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