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  1. There's more to the year than just the Olympics.
  2. Not a huge fan of this, they should have more core sports. At the very least they need to have some kind of list of approved events or else we'll get random sports/events where only a handful of nations are decent at.
  3. I don't think the NHL was too hesitant to try and break into the Chinese market
  4. This is a new favourite translation for shot put.
  5. Looks like Canada is back to hating gold medals
  6. Won't be the first time, won't be the last time someone said something is unsafe, but still does it. It's all talk.
  7. Pretty much, at best the government might protest by not allowing their officials/diplomats from attending the opening ceremony.
  8. Yeah, ranking qualification forces athletes to participate in 10+ events which can lock out some athletes who have little investments and a lot of them can be manipulated to the point where some rankings are horrible in predicting who is actually the best. While I accept that in some sports, rankings will always be there, I do wish that in all sports there is at least one opportunity to allow athletes for direct qualification.
  9. Last week we looked at the event changes between the 2020 and the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The other notable change ahead of those games will be the number of athletes competing. Totallympics takes a closer look. Using the qualification documents, the 2020 Olympics had an expected athlete quota of 11,114 (the final number was higher due to some sports having more athletes than expected qualify and the IOC allowing more athletes to compete at the games due to COVID-19, court appeals and via the refugee team). The 2024 Olympics is set to have a total of 10,500 athletes, a decrease of 614 quotas. As baseball/softball and karate were not selected as host selected sports, the athlete quotas were completely removed. This saw a reduction of 234 and 80 quotas respectively. However, with the other host selected sports seeing an increase in athlete quotas, this reduction had a net effect of -242. The remaining 72 quotas were split between the four sports with breaking getting the most quotas (32 athletes) as the sport is set to make its Olympic debut. Sport climbing, the only returning sport to get an increase in its total events sees a notable increase of 28 athletes while skateboarding and surfing will see increases of 8 and 4 respectively. Of the 28 core sports, all of them either saw them maintaining their 2020 quotas or saw an overall decrease. Cycling is a bit unique as while the overall sport saw a decrease of quotas (-14 athletes), the BMX freestyle (+6) and track cycling (+1) disciplines saw an increase of athletes, but were offset by a decrease in mountain biking (-4) and road cycling (-17). Among the core sports, athletics will experience the largest decrease with 90 fewer athletes expected to attend the 2024 games. Due to the removal of four events, weightlifting also has a significant decrease with 76 fewer athletes while aquatics rounds out the top 3 with 62 fewer athletes (-8 in artistic swimming, -6 in open water swimming, -26 in swimming and -22 in water polo). A summary of the quota changes can be seen in the table below. Of the sports which lost athlete quotas most of them only saw losses of less than 6% of their total quotas from 2020. The two exceptions were boxing and weightlifting. Both sports have recently lost favour in the eyes of the IOC. Even after adjusting weightlifting having fewer events, both sports will experience a decrease of over 10% of their 2020 total. While these athlete quota cuts were made by the IOC as a cost saving measure, they remain quite controversial. Detractors argue that it is not in the spirit of the Olympics and that it would make nations with smaller teams even smaller. What do you think, is the cost saving measures a necessary evil or are there other ways the IOC could cut costs?
  10. OTP also takes into account athletes with potential so while diving had a poor Olympics, they're still one of the strongest teams for Canada, especially now that the men are on an upswing. They may suffer cuts because they were getting a lot of money for a relatively small team, but I don't see it being a whole lot. Tennis is an interesting sport where most of the money goes to training young players rather than going to our top players. Golf is sort of in the same boat. OTP's mission is to increase the medal count at the Olympics so in that way I can see those sports receiving less funding, but if they want to encourage/inspire people to take up sport, I can see why they may keep the funding.
  11. I don't understand why the IOC just doesn't take over weightlifting like it did for boxing.
  12. Do we have enough talent to justify a third sprint women? Will the sprint team be three people? I guess at that point the 14th quota probably doesn't have much of a chance at winning a medal (unless they can convince Michael Woods to compete in the road race) so it may go to whoever is having a good season.
  13. Is there a list per nation anywhere or did you only get Canada's quotas? Yeah, the athlete quota is very tight at the Commonwealth Games
  14. Really? I just saw a date for the world championships. This is what happens when you have competing federations.
  15. The IOC recognizes WDSF and they were the ones which organized the Youth Olympics events.
  16. The 2021 World Championships will be held in October. Here are the results from 2019, who has the best name? B-Boys B-Girls
  17. On paper shooting is probably the most competitive sport if it became an open event (besides equestrian). In fact it was an open event for a while before women got their own events.
  18. With the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics, curious eyes have turned to Paris and how those games will defer from Tokyo. What changes will we see? The most eye-catching stat is that Paris 2024 will have fewer events with 329 total, 10 fewer than Tokyo 2020. This is the first time since Rome 1960 that the next Olympics will have fewer events than the previous one. Totallympics takes a closer look. This decrease is largely due to the changes of host selected sports as Tokyo selected sports baseball/softball (2 events) and karate (8 events) have been removed. Additionally, four weightlifting events will be removed and not replaced (the 10 remaining weight classes will be confirmed at a later date). The other three Tokyo selected sports; skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their return with sport climbing gaining an additional two events (men’s and women’s speed). The fourth and final host selected sport will be breaking, set to make its Olympic debut with B-boys and B-girls events. Additionally, other sports will have changes to their program, but will keep the same number of overall events. The biggest changes will be seen in canoeing and sailing. For canoeing the men’s and women’s K1 200m events were dropped while the slalom discipline gained two events with men’s and women’s extreme canoe. Additionally, the men’s K2 1000m and C2 1000m will consist of 500m events. Sailing sees the complete removal of the men’s Finn class while the men’s and women’s 470 will now become a mixed event. These changes will make room for the men’s and women’s kiteboarding. While the windsurfing events remain, they will change equipment from the RS:X to iQFoil. In order to decrease the difference between men’s and women’s medalling events, boxing will have a men’s event transferred to the women for a total of 7 men and 6 women events. The weight classes will be confirmed at a later date. Overall, there will be 157 men’s, 152 women’s and 20 mixed or open events. Other sports to have changes include athletics where the men’s 50km race walk will make way for the mixed team race walk, shooting where a rotation from mixed team trap to mixed team skeet will occur and sport climbing where the men’s and women’s combined will only include the bouldering and lead portions as speed is now a separate medalling event. Next week Totallympics will take a closer look as to the changes to the athlete quotas as the 2024 Olympics will have to adhere to the IOC’s 10,500 limit after having more than 11,000 athletes in Tokyo.
  19. Like what's the point in watching top level sports if you truly believe all the top contenders are cheaters?
  20. But then the number of athletes may not be even. I guess the rhythmic gymnastics quotas can be offset by the extra men's teams in football (72 athletes), but that would be too few, even after reducing the team event down to 12. Maybe FIG could argue for more men's artistic quotas and say they belong to specialists.
  21. I think the events are mostly set for 2024 (barring weightlifting getting completely kicked out), I'm thinking ahead as to how the IOC may make medaling events gender equal (because they will). Gymnastics poses an interesting conundrum where they'll have to work with wrestling to keep their respective disciplines in the games or either axe the artistic apparatus events or increase the women's event to six apparatuses by adding two of PH/Rings/PB/HB, neither of which are ideal.
  22. In terms of being removed without being replaced 8 karate events 4 weightlifting events 2 baseball/softball events New events which did not replace existing ones 2 breaking events 2 sport climbing events This gives us a net event count of -10.
  23. Take that up with FIG who refuses to make a men's rhythmic event, just like UWW refuses to make a women's Greco-Roman event. FINA can see the writing on the wall and is developing mixed duet in artistic swimming which will likely allow it to survive in the coming years.
  24. In terms of medals, men are still +5 thanks to 6 extra Greco-Roman and 1 extra boxing events on the men's side and is only offset by 2 artistic swimming events on the women's side. The extra events in men's artistic gymnastics are cancelled out by the two women's rhythmic gymnastics events. In terms of athlete numbers men have +72 in football, +96 in Greco-Roman wrestling and +22 in water polo while the women have +96 in artistic swimming and +94 in rhythmic gymnastics which creates a net zero difference. It'll be interesting to see what the IOC will do to make medal events equal. The simplest thing would be to drop the extra boxing event (so it's 6+6) and to add the individual apparatus medals for rhythmic gymnastics. I'm not a big fan of making each rhythmic apparatus a medal event, but the alternative would be to drop rhythmic gymnastics and either don't award medals for individual artistic gymnastics apparatuses or to somehow make the women's artistic event have six apparatuses (among other changes).
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