On Thursday in Berlin, the 15-member IOC executive committee will vote to nominate two sports -- from a field of seven -- for inclusion onto the Olympic program, starting in 2016. When these two nominated sports go to the general membership for a vote in October, they'll need only a simple majority from the 107 voters to be approved, a lower threshold than the two-thirds majority needed in 2005, when karate and squash fell short. Here, then, is a case for and against the seven sports in question.
Also, at least one board member says they will not vote for another sport whose biggest prize is anything other than an Olympic gold medal. The comparable lure of a green jacket may be golf's undoing. Another board member, who thinks regionally, doesn't like the cost of golf. No, this isn't about the four bidding cities in 2016: Chicago, Rio, Tokyo and Madrid can accommodate the sport's addition to the program. But regional games such as the Asian Games, Pan-Am Games and Pan-African Games look silly if they start lopping Olympic sports off their program because they cannot accommodate them. And if the IOC is trying to lure younger fans, is golf really the sport to do that?