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Golf in the Olympics to be discussed in June

International federations have called for a special meeting to discuss the procedure that determines whether any sports will be dropped for the 2012 Olympics.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), which represents all 28 sports in the games, said it will convene an extraordinary general assembly June 7 in Geneva.

The meeting was prompted by the International Olympic Committee's decision last week to put all 28 sports to a vote at the IOC session in Singapore in July. Some federations are worried they could be in danger of being cut.

''We felt it was important to give the IFs the opportunity to express their views on this final phase and to ask the IOC for clarification on a number of specific points,'' ASOIF President Denis Oswald said.

The IOC is considering whether to drop any of the existing 28 sports and add any of the five sports hoping to get into the Olympics -- golf, rugby, karate, squash and roller sports. No sport has been cut from the Summer Olympics since polo in 1936.

IOC President Jacques Rogge maintains the Olympics must continue to have a maximum 28 sports, 301 medal events and 10,500 athletes. No new sport will be added unless one is dropped.

Under the system adopted in Berlin by the IOC executive board, IOC members will vote by secret ballot July 8 on each of the sports contested in Athens last summer. The IOC has 117 eligible voting delegates.

To stay on the program, a sport must receive a simple majority of 51 percent. Any sport failing to get a majority will be dropped for 2012. If one or more sports go out, the IOC executive board will decide which of the five sports on the waiting list should be proposed for admission.

The IOC program commission recently completed a report evaluating the 28 sports based on a list of criteria including global popularity, ticket sales, attendance figures and television ratings.


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