Cross country in running for 2018 Winter Olympics |

Cross country in running for 2018 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Cross-country running is making a bid to be included in the 2018 Winter Games.

The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it will study a request by the track and field governing body to include cross-country running. Its program commission will meet in September and consider the proposal from the IAAF.

The addition of a new sport to the winter program likely will be decided at the IOC session scheduled for July in Durban, South Africa. That’s when the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be chosen.

The IOC has rejected previous IAAF petitions for cross-country, and must consider if the event meets Olympic rules.

Rule 6.2 of the Olympic Charter states that “only those sports which are practiced on snow and ice are considered as winter sports.”

However, the opportunity to add an event that gives African countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya a genuine chance of winning medals would fit the IOC’s policy of “universality” – encouraging the maximum number of competitors. Of more than 200 Olympic nations, only 82 took part at the Vancouver Olympics in February.

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