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Olympic Games: UCI delighted by proposal to continue with cycling in 2020




The International Cycling Union is delighted by the proposal of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board to maintain cycling in the list of 25 core sports of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The Board today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Games. Once again, it has included cycling, which is one of the Olympic Movement’s founding sports and currently has four disciplines on the Olympic programme.

“The fact that the IOC Executive Board once again recommends the inclusion of cycling speaks volumes,” declared UCI President Pat McQuaid. “From the traditional disciplines of road and track, to the off-road spectacle of mountain bike and on to our youngest discipline BMX, cycling has the ability to capture the imaginations of an enormous cross-section of the population and draw them into the Olympic movement. The success of all cycling’s disciplines at London 2012 was proof of our sport’s popularity.

“Over the years, cycling has moved with the times while never losing sight of its traditions,” added Mr McQuaid. “With its easy accessibility and widespread popularity, it upholds the fundamental principles of Olympism which state that the practice of sport is a human right.”

Cycling is one of the pioneers of the Olympic venture, having been part of the programme since 1896 with the road and track disciplines. One hundred years later, in 1996, mountain bike became an Olympic sport in Atlanta, followed by BMX in 2008 in Beijing.

In an effort to ensure the Olympic Games remain relevant to sports fans of all generations, the Olympic Programme Commission systematically reviews every sport following each edition of the Games.

The 125th IOC Session will take place from September 7th to 10th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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