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IOC voting to remove sport this week

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Modern pentathlon is on the Olympic chopping block this week in Lausanne, Switzerland as the IOC meets to suggest which sport to eliminate from the Games to make way for something new.

The IOC members will gather to review reports of all the sports contested in London. They’ll scrutinize TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping measure, general worldwide popularity, and about thirty other pieces of criteria before voting.

Modern pentathlon, which combines five disciplines necessary to be a nineteenth century cavalry soldier, is considered outdated and likely to go, but the governing body’s President Klaus Schormann argued Monday that the Olympics will always need its history.

“You cannot just say we look only at the future,” he told the Associated Press. “You can have a future when you are stable on the basic part of history. We are continuing to develop, to renovate, to be innovative and creative. We are very proud of what we achieved so far and want to deliver this as well for the next generations in 2020.”

Taekwondo is also being considered for removal from the schedule, which might make karate, a Japanese martial art, the popular choice to be added to the Games if Tokyo wins the 2020 bid.

Seb Coe splits from Nike as IAAF president

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International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced in a press conference Thursday that he dropped his sponsorship deal with Nike, according to reports.

He was sponsored by the brand going back to his days as a professional athlete – he won the 1,500m in 1980 and 1984. His role at Nike included acting as an international advisor and campaign ambassador for “Designed to Move,” aimed at tackling lethargy, Sports Illustrated said.

Coe was voted into office as IAAF president in August for a four-year term, but had since been under scrutiny by British media over the potential conflict of interest. Previously, he acted as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics faces a public referendum Sunday among voters in the north German port city.

Organizers hope the bid that has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee won’t share the same fate as Munich’s proposed candidacy for the 2022 Winter Games. That bid was rejected in a referendum.

German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hoermann says “we’re giving the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel,” referring to the nearby city where sailing events would be held.

More than 40 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote have already done so through a postal ballot.

Hoermann says “the excellent turnout that has emerged shows the Olympic Games project has been taken on by the city.”

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