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IOC Press Release: New events for Beijing 2022

Date : 20 Jul 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2018: The IOC Executive Board approved an innovative event programme for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 at their meeting on July 18. The programme includes the highest representation of female athletes at an Olympic Winter Games to date, while reducing the athlete quota below the maximum number specified in the Olympic Charter.

The new-look schedule features the addition of monobob and freestyle ski big air, as well as mixed team formats in short track relay, ski jumping, aerials and snowboard cross.

In addition to creating a youth-oriented programme, it is also a significant step towards achieving the 50 per cent gender balance at the Olympic Winter Games for both athletes and events, which is a clear objective of Olympic Agenda 2020. Beijing 2022 will see more female athletes and women's events than any other Olympic Winter Games, with female quota positions increasing from 41 per cent to 45.44 per cent.

With this decision, Skating joins the International Federations of Biathlon and Curling in reaching gender equality on their Olympic programmes, while the Bobsleigh and Skeleton, Hockey, Luge and Ski federations have all increased female participation.

The disciplines of skeleton, speed skating, Alpine skiing, cross country, freestyle and snowboard will all move to gender balance for the first time. The overall number of athletes has been reduced by 41 to reach 2,892, which is within the Olympic Charter framework, and no new venues are needed for the new events.

*The EB also approved the Tokyo 2020 competition schedule by session over the 17 days.

Youthful and urban-focused events such as basketball 3x3, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing will feature throughout the Games schedule. Sports will also be played in venues in the Fukushima, Ibaraki and Miyagi prefectures, which were among those most affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

It was also confirmed that softball will be organised as a single round robin competition, while baseball will feature a format of two groups of three teams, followed by a knockout phase.

For more details, please see: www.olympic.org

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