Ioc Adds 7 Events To 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

IOC adds 7 events to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has added 7 events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games as part of an effort to boost female participation.

The IOC executive board made the decision at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

The 7 additions include ski jumping mixed team event and short track mixed relay.

Quota positions for several events were changed as well. The result is that 2,892 athletes will take part in the Beijing Olympics. 1,314 will be women, the most in any Winter Olympics to date.

That means female representation will be 45.4 percent, up about 3.5 points from the level at the PyeongChang Games.

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said the addition of these new events for Beijing 2022 reflects the IOC's continued commitment to make the Olympic Games programs more youthful and gender balanced. He added he is very pleased by the higher figure for female athletes.

In the ski jumping mixed team event, teams of 2 male and 2 female athletes compete for the most points.

The event was first included in world championships in 2013. The Japanese team, including Sara Takanashi and Daiki Ito, won the gold medal in the inaugural year. Japan also took bronze in 2015 and 2017.

Takanashi said she is very glad that the Beijing Games will have another event in ski jumping in which female athletes can take part. The bronze medalist in the PyeongChang Olympics added that she hopes the event will motivate more children to take up the sport.