Cross country in running for 2018 Winter Olympics | TahoeDailyTribune.com
YOUR AD HERE »

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.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User