Will the IOC remove the pentathalon from Olympic program?
Jacque Rogge, president of the IOC, watches the men's handball preliminary match between Spain and South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 8, 2013 12:43PM EST
LONDON -- Removing a sport from the Olympics is one of the IOC's most delicate and sensitive tasks. After months of evaluation, a decision will come next week -- and the century-old competition of modern pentathlon appears the most at risk.
The IOC executive board will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, and announce Tuesday which of the current 26 sports on the Olympic program will be dropped for the 2020 Games.
The IOC will decide later this year which sport to bring in as a replacement.
The last sports axed from the Olympics were baseball and softball, off the program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Baseball and softball have now combined forces and are among seven sports competing for inclusion in 2020, along with karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu.