AIPS Poll: Karate and Rugby 7's are the media's choice for new Olympic sports

LAUSANNE, August 12, 2009 - Members of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) believe that Karate and Rugby 7's should be the two new sports added to the Olympic programme.

In a poll which asked members to choose two sports from the seven in contention - baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby 7's , softball and squash - members voted in the majority for karate, followed closely by rugby 7's.

A total of 305 journalists from 83 countries registered their vote.

Sport Votes Percentage

Karate 120 20.48%
Rugby 7's 111 18.94%
Golf 94 16.04%
Squash 86 14.68%
Baseball 83 14.16%
Softball 54 9.22%
Roller Sports 38 6.48%

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Berlin tomorrow to choose the two sports to form a short list to be presented to the IOC assembly which will then vote on October 9 in Copenhagen.

The AIPS poll is an indication of which sports the media is passionate about. It does not in any way reflect or seek to influence the view of the IOC.

Source: http://www.aipsmedia.com

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