Friday’s sports vote results to remain secret

SINGAPORE: Detailed results of this week's vote to decide which sports will be kicked off the programme for the 2012 Olympics will remain secret, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday. 

Each of the 28 sports contested at the 2004 Athens Games will be put to a vote in Singapore on Friday and any sport failing to win a majority of votes will be dropped for the 2012 Games. 

Exact results of the electronic vote will not be divulged, IOC director Giselle Davies said. Sports will learn only if they are in or out. 

“No details will be given out, nothing at all,” she said. “This was a proposal by the sports federations themselves ... to avoid any ranking of sports.” 

The call for secrecy is designed to avoid any embarrassment for sports which score poorly or only just remain in the Games. 

If any of the 28 sports is dropped, the IOC's executive board will select one or more sports from the five on the waiting list and members will then be asked to vote on its inclusion. 

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), which represents all 28 sports currently in the Olympics, are lobbying for the existing programme to be maintained. 

The last sport to be removed from the Olympics was polo in 1936. – Reuters 

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