TOKYO, July 20 (Reuters) – Ski mountaineering was put on the program for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy after approval by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.
The sport, which combines ascents and descents of mountain trails on or while carrying skis, will have five events at the Olympics.
With a total number of 48 athletes (24 women and 24 men) at the Games, the events will be sprints, individuals and a mixed relay.
The IOC cited the popularity of the sport in host country Italy and its rapid expansion in the United States and Canada, among other countries.
The inclusion of ski mountaineering, which featured at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, brings the total number of winter sports to eight.
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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