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How many countries must play a sport in order for it to be played in the Olympics?

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2011-09-13 01:37:11
2011-09-13 01:37:11
Olympic sportsIn order to be considered as an Olympic sport, a sport must first be practiced by men in at least 75 countries and four continents, and by women in at least 40 countries and three continents.

However in order to become a full olympic sport, the sport in question must have a governing International Federation in order for the IOC to officially recognize them as a sport.

The governing body has to then file an application to become a demonstration sport. After that, the sport may file another application to officially become a fully recognised Olympic sport.

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