Recognized Olympic Sports
The number of Olympic Games sports has changed over time, from nine at the first Olympic Games in 1896, to 33 to be contested at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, with many more sports keen to get onto this exclusive list.
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) is composed of the international sport federations that are part of the Summer Olympic Program - the same sports as the current Olympic sport list.
In addition to this list of official sports federations, there is the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), which lists sports recognized by the IOC but not currently in the Olympic sporting program. For a sport to become an Olympic sport, its respective international sport federation must first be recognized by the International Olympic Committee. So this list is of sports that could possibly be added to the Olympic program in the future.
List of IOC Recognized International Sports
Some of these sports are set to be included in the 2020 Olympics, and others have been part of the Olympics in the past. In 2016, Cheerleading and Muay Thai Boxing were provisionally added to this list.
- Air sports (including aerobatics, air racing, ballooning, gliding, hang gliding, and parachuting/skydiving)
- American Football
- Auto racing
- Baseball and softball
- Basque pelota
- Billard sports
- Boules sports
- Flying disc
- Life saving
- Motorcycle sport
- Roller sports
- Sports climbing
- Surfing and bodyboarding
- Underwater sports
- Water skiing
- About the number of sports at each Olympiad, and also the changes over time.
- How sports are selected for the Olympics
- List of Recognized Sports from around the world
- POLL: Which of these sports should be next included in the Games? plus other Olympic Games Polls