June 18 (Reuters) – Ski mountaineering will be offered as an additional sport for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement on Friday.
The proposal to add five medal-winning ski mountaineering events will be voted on at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 20-21, while the full event program and athlete quotas will be determined at a meeting. of the Executive Board in June 2022.
The framework includes men’s and women’s sprint and individual events and a mixed relay event with ski mountaineering giving 48 athlete quota spots, meaning cuts will be made elsewhere in the overall quota of 2,900 athletes for the 2026 Winter Games.
The same five events were featured at the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games, marking the first time ski mountaineering has appeared at an IOC event.
The sport is governed by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF), recognized by the IOC and headquartered in Italy.
The popularity of ski mountaineering in Italy was cited by the IOC as one of the main reasons for the Executive Board’s recommendation to add it to the 2026 Winter Games program.
Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Bill Berkrot
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