Discontinued Olympic Sports
The International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program on Tuesday. Here's a look at some other sports that have come and gone from the Olympic program:
- Baseball: Became an Olympic sport in 1992 but was dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games. Baseball, together with softball, will be trying to get back on the program for the 2020 Games.
- Cricket: Played once, at the 1900 Paris Games.
- Croquet: Played once, also at the 1900 Paris Games.
- Golf: Was played at the 1900 and 1904 Games, and will return to the Olympic program for the 2016 Rio Games.
- Jeu de Paume: A forerunner of modern tennis, the sport was played at the 1908 London Games.
- Lacrosse: Played in 1904 and 1908.
- Motor Boating: Competed once, at the 1908 London Games.
- Pelota Basque: Although the game appeared as a demonstration sport at the 1968 and 1992 Olympics, it was officially on the program only for the 1900 Paris Games.
- Polo: The sport of polo has come and gone, first appearing in 1900, and later in 1908 and 1920 and '24. It was dropped for two Olympics but returned for the 1936 Berlin Games.
- Rackets: A precursor to squash, rackets was played at the 1908 London Games. Squash is one of the sports vying for inclusion for the 2020 Games.
- Rugby: Held four times between 1900 and 1924, rugby will return to the program in 2016, but with a smaller, seven-per-side version. The United States is the defending champion.
- Softball: Came into the games in 1996 and was dropped after the 2008 Games. Japan won the 2008 gold medal after the United States won the first three.
- Tug of War: On the program from 1900-1920.
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