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Olympic Games Sports Changes

The first Olympic Games had just nine sports, and since then there have been regular changes in the number and types of sports on the program. There are currently 32 sports on the Olympic program (see Paris sports list) and many other sports recognized by the IOC but not currently on the program.

Breakdancing at the Olympic Games Breakdancing was a controversial inclusion for the 2024 Olympic 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 (see discontinued Olympic sports).

Below are links to lists of the sports on the program for each Olympiad. This data has also been presented as the number of sports for each Olympic Games and changes each Olympiad. See also the lists of Olympic demonstration sports.

Year: 2028, 2024, 2020, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1960, 1956, 1952, 1948, 1936, 1932, 1928, 1924, 1920, 1912, 1908, 1904, 1900, 1896.

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