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No clues for golf in Olympics in new report

The 28 sports hoping to stay in the Olympic Games, and the five sports on the waiting list, received no assurances on Monday with the release of the report assessing their merits.

The International Olympic Committee's Programme Commission published its hefty 265-page report but made no recommendations to the IOC members who will vote on the programme at the session in Singapore on July 8.

The report assessed each Olympic sport, plus squash, rugby, golf, karate and roller sports, across a range of 33 criteria agreed in Athens last year.

The criteria include global popularity, television and media coverage, gender equity and ticket sales.

Each of the 28 sports contested at the 2004 Athens Games will be put to a vote in Singapore. Any sport failing to win a majority of votes will be dropped for the 2012 Olympics.

If a sport is dropped, the IOC's executive board will select one or more sports from the five on the waiting list and members will then be asked to vote on its inclusion.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), which represents all 28 sports currently in the Olympics, is lobbying for the existing programme to be upheld.

ASOIF met behind closed doors in Geneva last week and agreed to call on IOC members to keep the existing programme, which it described as "attractive and well-balanced".

The last sport to be removed from the Olympic Games was polo in 1936.

In 2002 the IOC decided to cap the number of sports at an Olympic Games at 28, the number of events at 301 and the number of athletes at 10,500.

At that same session in Mexico City IOC president Jacques Rogge proposed that baseball, softball and modern pentathlon be dropped, and golf and rugby added.

However, IOC members resisted and no vote was taken.


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