2016 Olympics: New Events Debuting in Rio

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2016 Olympics: New Events Debuting in Rio
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Golf, sevens rugby and kitesurfing take center stage at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The 2016 Games will hold 28 sports and 38 disciplines in total; golf and sevens rugby were voted into the final two spots of competition, and kitesurfing replaces windsurfing in the program.

While kitesurfing, a relatively new sport overall, will be making its Olympic debut, golf and rugby will be making their Olympic return. Fifteen-man rugby had previously been an Olympic sport, debuting in Paris in 1900, but made its final appearance in the 1924 Games (in Paris, coincidentally). Golf will be making its first appearance in the Olympic programme in 112 years.

Let’s take a look at these three new Olympic sports and what issues are surrounding their inclusion in the 2016 Rio Games.

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