The International Olympic Committee said on Friday.
Women combined will not be eligible for the 2026 Olympic Games in Italy, International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
The IOC’s decision means that combined is the only sport in which women do not compete in the Milan-Cortina Winter Games. As a result, the sport threatened to disappear completely from the Games.
Combined was also at stake because the international top of the sport comes from only a few countries and has been the least watched sport in the most recent Olympics.
Combined According to the IOC, the fate was decided by the fact that male athletes in the sport have been preparing for the Games for three and a half years.
“We have made significant progress in closing the gender gap at the Winter Olympics”, IOC President Thomas Bach said.
According to Bach, 40 percent of the participants in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were women. In Milan-Cortina, the figure is around 47%.
“We are committed to continuing to promote gender equality, and Milan-Cortina is an important milestone here,” Bach said.
Ladies have competed in the Combined World Cup from 2020-2021. At the World Championships, the women’s combined appeared for the first time in the spring of 2021, but only ten athletes participated in the competition.
According to the IOC, the combined admission of women to the Olympic Games in 2030 will depend on how the number of participants and audiences in the sport develops.
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