World Taekwondo and ICF eye tweaks to Paris 2024 programme
The international governing bodies for taekwondo and canoeing have both proposed alterations to their sports’ schedules at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
World Taekwondo has advocated a mixed gender team event for inclusion at the Paris games, while the International Canoe Federation has voted to include men’s and women’s extreme slalom on its proposal for the sporting programme.
The Paris 2024 events schedule is set to be approved and then confirmed by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board next month, and these will be two of the changes proposed.
While WT failed to get a similar proposal off the ground for the delayed Tokyo 2020 games, the governing body hopes to follow other sports which have successfully had mixed team events accepted by the IOC.
The governing body is holding a gender equity and women's leadership forum on 27 and 28 November, hence the timing of the proposal.
The two extreme slalom canoeing medals, meanwhile, would be added at the expense of two from the canoe sprint event, as the IOC has indicated no new medal events can be added.
The proposal will now be reviewed by the IOC, and if approved will mean that Paris 2024 comprises 10 canoe sprint medals and six in canoe slalom.
Jose Perurena, president of the ICF, said: “Extreme slalom can be part of our sport’s future, and we know it will be a great fit in the Olympic Games.
“It’s fast, popular with athletes and spectators alike, and comes across very well on television. It sits nicely inside the IOC brief to introduce new, adrenaline-charged events that appeal to younger audiences.”