The IOC executive board will discuss eliminating an event from the Olympic program and adding another during a meeting on February 12 and 13 at their headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The group will choose one sport to be dropped from the current list of 26, and that sport will then become a candidate vying for reinstatement along the seven others bidding for entry in 2020, including baseball and softball in a joint bid, wushu, sport climbing, roller sports, squash, karate, and wakeboarding.
The group will then apparently meet again in May in St. Petersburg to recommend one of those eight bidding sports for inclusion in the Olympic program. And then that decision will need to be ratified by the rest of the IOC committee members during a meeting in September in Buenos Aires, though it’s unlikely it would be overturned.
The two sports most likely on the chopping block, according to some insight gained by Reuters are taekwondo, which some consider a less popular alternative to karate, and the Modern Pentathlon, which combines running, swimming, shooting, fencing, and equestrian.
Golf and rugby sevens, which will both debut on the program at Rio 2016, are safe from the February vote.
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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.