The Olympics are a time when the world comes together to celebrate the best of humanity. But how many sports are actually in the Olympics?
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The Olympics are a global event that happens every two years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Games. The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 to August 9 for the Summer Games, and from February 8 to February 25 for the Winter Games.
Athletes from all around the world compete in a variety of different sports, with each sport having its own set of rules. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) determines which sports will be included in each Olympics. As of right now, there are 33 sports that are recognized by the IOC and could potentially be included in future Olympic Games.
The Summer Olympics
The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC. They were held again in Olympia in 780 BC and every four years after that until 476 AD, when Emperor Theodosius I decreed that all pagan festivals— including the Olympics— be banned. The Games were not reinstated until 1896 AD, when French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin organized an Olympic Congress in Paris and convinced 13 countries to send athletes to the first modern (or “Open”) Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
The International Olympic Committee now oversees the Summer and Winter Olympics, which are each held every four years (two years apart) and alternately in cities around the world. The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan; the 2022 Winter Olympics will be hosted by Beijing, China.
The Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics are a major international sporting event that features competition in various winter sports. The number of events and sports varies from year to year, but typically includes around 15 different sports. Winter Olympic Games have been held since 1924, and are now held every four years. The next Winter Olympics will be held in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
How many sports are in the Olympics?
The answer may surprise you – there are actually 35 different sports in the Olympics! Everything from Boxing and Equestrian to Wrestling and Rowing are categorized as an Olympic sport. Some of the sports, like Golf and Rugby, only make occasional appearances in the Olympics, while others, like Soccer and Gymnastics, are present in every Summer and Winter Games.
Why are there different sports in the Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the organization that determines which sports will be in the Olympics. They consider a number of factors when making their decision, including whether the sport is widely practiced around the world and if it has a long history. For a sport to be included in the Olympics, it must also fit into one of the following categories:
– athletics (track and field)
– football (soccer)
What are the most popular Olympic sports?
Olympic sports are governed by different federations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognizes 35 Olympic sports, out of which 28 are currently practiced by athletes all over the world who compete at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
The most popular Olympic sport is athletics, which comprises track and field events, such as sprinting, long-distance running, jumps, and throws. Other popular summer sports are swimming, gymnastics, rowing, tennis, and cycling.
In terms of the number of disciplines or events contested at the Olympics, athletics is also the largest sport with 47 events. The second largest sport is aquatics with 34 events (swimming – 17; diving – 7; water polo – 2; synchronized swimming – 2; open water swimming – 2). There are also 31 different events in gymnastics (artistic gymnastics – 18; rhythmic gymnastics – 8; trampoline gymnastics – 3; acrobatic gymnastics – 2).
What are the less popular Olympic sports?
There are a total of 33 sports in the Olympics, but some are more popular than others. Here is a list of the less popular Olympic sports:
– Modern pentathlon
– Table tennis
– Water polo
What are the newest Olympic sports?
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature 33 sports — four more than the 2016 Rio Olympics. The new sports are surfing, skateboarding, karate and baseball/softball, which will be returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Surfing and skateboarding will make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo, while karate and baseball/softball haven’t been in the Olympics since they were last played in 1904 and 1988 respectively.
What are the oldest Olympic sports?
The first recorded Olympics took place in 776BC in Olympia, Greece, with just one event – a 192m stade race (a stade was an ancient unit of length equivalent to around 185m). Since then, the number of events held at the quadrennial event has grown and changed considerably. Below is a list of all the sports that have featured in the Summer Olympics since their inception in 1896 – with the oldest sports first.
Which sports will be in the Olympics in the future?
Of the 33 sports currently on the Summer Olympics programme, there are 10 that have featured at every edition of the Games since they were first held in Athens in 1896.
These are athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
In addition to these sports, there have been a number of other sports that have been on the programme for many years but are not included in every edition of the Games. These sports include archery, canoeing/kayaking, equestrianism, football (soccer), golf and rugby union.