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NZOC Welcomes Recommendations

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NZOC Welcomes Recommendations

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) welcomes the recommendation by the IOC Executive Board (EB) to include golf and rugby sevens in the 2016 Olympic Games and supports the International Federations commitment to ensuring the very best athletes take part.

NZOC Secretary General Barry Maister commented on the IOC announcement that was made overnight.

"Both golf and rugby sevens are strong sports in New Zealand and we're delighted they have been recommended for inclusion in the Olympic Programme. Youth appeal, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and the Olympic values are the IOC's criteria for inclusion and in New Zealand these criteria are certainly met. The Olympic Games will inspire the many young New Zealand athletes who take part in these sports to aim for excellence. "

The NZOC also commends the commitment the new International Federations have made to ensure the best players will be available for the Olympic Games.

"Our expectation is that the top New Zealand rugby players and golfers will be available for selection," said Maister. "We are delighted that the IRB has indicated that international competition during Olympic year will be managed to allow this to happen. It shows the level of commitment there is to Olympic competition and what this pinnacle event means to athletes and sport. Likewise, we're looking forward to the top names in golf taking part in the Olympic Games. "

The New Zealand Olympic Committee will look forward to the ratification of the two proposed sports by the IOC Members in October where each must pass a 50% threshold for confirmation.

The recommended inclusion of the two new sports is in line with the IOC's ongoing examination of the Olympic Programme. Roller sports, softball, karate, squash and baseball had also sought inclusion.

The IOC Executive Board also assessed and decided on modifications to disciplines within sports currently on the Olympic Programme. There will be an increased number of women's disciplines after changes to boxing and kayak. Changes were also made to modern pentathlon, handball, wrestling, wwimming and cycling. A mixed doubles event in Tennis is being considered.

All changes have been managed within current sport and athlete-number restrictions. The IOC allows for 28 sports and a maximum of 10,500 athletes at any Olympic Games.

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