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IOC Plans To Cut Events Not Well Received

Association of track and field statistician Bob Snow strongly believes the removal a few track and field events from the Olympic Games is not right. The former honorary statistician for
21 Dec 2014 12:46
IOC Plans To Cut Events Not Well Received

Association of track and field statistician Bob Snow strongly believes the removal a few track and field events from the Olympic Games is not right.

The former honorary statistician for Oceania Athletics said he was shocked at the possibility. He is pleading for such action to be permanently shelved.

“It is understood that the Games have become too unwieldy and expensive to run but surely to cut the number of athletics track and field events is not the way to go,” Snow said.

“Should the IOC, with the blessing of the IAAF, eliminate five traditional events from the Olympic Games Athletics Programme, to make way for new sports that are deemed to be more relevant to younger people?

“I will not be coy like Alexander and delay telling you what the Oracle said until much later in my life. I will relay it immediately. The answer it gave was emphatic; the five events should stay, although it was a bit ambivalent about substituting a 10-km road race for the 10000m track event,” Snow said.

“I am at odds with the Oracle, however, as I love both the Men’s and the Women’s 10000m events. They have produced much drama and excitement, to packed stadium audiences, at many Olympic Games. I have wrecked my brains to find out what these new sports (or at least current non-Olympic sports) and events are, and my imagination has taken flight. The list of possibilities that crossed my mind is a mixture of the bizarre and the ‘unbelievable’,” he added.

“There are many sports that have passionate and devoted followings, but do not generally capture the imagination of the ticket-buying public and television audiences. They could easily be eliminated, or pared-back at future Games,” Snow added.

“I also have huge problems with sports that rely too heavily on the opinion of the judges. No matter how hard the IOC tries, controversy always manages to erupt.”

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt also echoed the same sentiments and dismissed reported plans for the 200m to be cut from the Olympic Games as ridiculous and said it must not happen.

Bolt, responding to reports that the 200m is among five athletics events at risk of being removed from the Olympic schedule, was very strong in his condemnation.

Bolt shared his disappointment with Reuters.com

“Normally I’m not a controversial person but I think that’s just stupid. Personally, track and field is the highlight of the Olympics every edition, that’s not even a question,” Bolt said.

“So when you’re going to try to take events away from the track and field event, it is just ridiculous and I don’t think the IAAF should stand for that at all.”

The world governing body for athletics, the IAAF, said it was all focused around “unfounded speculation” regarding big potential changes.

“While the Olympic agenda 2020 recommendations were passed at last week’s session, no details or specific proposals have yet been made by the IOC as to how they will be implemented,” the IAAF said in a statement.

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