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Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon not in initial list of 2028 Olympics

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Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon have not been included on the initial list for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, but could be added at a later date, the BBC reported.

According to the British news portal, the International Olympic Committee session in Beijing on Thursday approved a programme of 28 sports for the 2028 Olympics, with a “strong focus on youth”.

Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been included, BBC further reported.

Organisers of the Los Angeles Olympics will be able to propose additional sports in 2023.

Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon could be added to the programme next year if they successfully demonstrate they have addressed issues within their sports.

Boxing’s international federation, the AIBA, must show it has addressed concerns around the sport’s governance and the integrity of its refereeing and judging processes.

In September, an independent investigation found a system to manipulate the outcome of boxing matches by officials was in place at the Rio 2016 Olympics, BBC reported.

Weightlifting must address the historic issue of doping within the sport, while modern pentathlon must finalise its replacement of showjumping, while increasing its appeal to young people, the news report added.

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