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A demonstration sport is a sport which is played to promote it, most commonly during the Olympic Games, but also at other sporting events.

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

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Demonstration sports were officially introduced in the 1912 Summer Olympics, when Sweden decided to include glima, traditional Icelandic wrestling, in the Olympic program, but with its medals not counting as official. Most organizing committees then decided to include at least one demonstration sport at each edition of the Games, usually some typical or popular sport in the host country, like baseball at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and taekwondo at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. From 1912 to 1992, only two editions of the Summer Olympics did not have demonstration sports on their program. Some demonstration sports eventually gained enough popularity to become an official sport in a subsequent edition of the Games. Traditionally, the medals awarded for the demonstration events followed the same design as the Olympic medals, but of a smaller size. They are never included in the medal count.

1912 Summer Olympics Games of the V Olympiad, celebrated in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1912

The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 22 July 1912.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, formal name: the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

Glima Scandinavian martial art

Glima is the name that covers several types of Nordic folk wrestling practiced as sport and combat. In one common form of glima, players grip their opponent by the waist and attempt to throw them to the ground using technique rather than force. Other variants allow for more aggression.

Demonstration sports were suspended after the 1992 Summer Olympics, as the Olympic program grew bigger and it became more difficult for the organizing committees to give them the appropriate attention, since the IOC required the same treatment to be dispensed for official and demonstration sports. [1] It is unlikely that they will be reintroduced as a requirement for future Olympic organizing committees. However, the Beijing Olympic Committee received permission from the IOC to run a wushu (martial arts) competition parallel to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008. [2] [3] [4]

1992 Summer Olympics Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in Barcelona in 1992

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain from 25 July to 9 August 1992.

International Olympic Committee Non-governmental ruling body of the Olympic Movement

The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Wushu (sport) A type of Chinese martial arts

Wushu, or Chinese Kungfu, is a hard and soft and complete martial art, as well as a full-contact sport. It has a long history in reference to Chinese martial arts. It was developed in 1949 in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts, yet attempts to structure the various decentralized martial arts traditions date back earlier, when the Central Guoshu Institute was established at Nanking in 1928.

From the 1984 Summer Olympics until the 2004 Summer Olympics, two Paralympic events (a men's and a women's wheelchair racing event) were included in the athletics programme of each Games. These events are considered by many as a demonstration sport, but are, in fact, used to promote the Paralympic Games. Disabled events in alpine and Nordic skiing (1988 only) were also held as demonstration sports at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics.

1984 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIII Olympiad, held in Los Angeles in 1984

The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held from July 28 to August 12, 1984, in Los Angeles, United States. This was the second time that Los Angeles had hosted the Games, the first being in 1932.

2004 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, held in Athens in 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.

Wheelchair racing racing of wheelchairs in track and road races

Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs in track and road races. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability, amputees, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and partially sighted. Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities. Like running, it can take place on a track or as a road race. The main competitions take place at the Summer Paralympics which wheelchair racing and athletics has been a part of since 1960. Competitors compete in specialized wheelchairs which allow the athletes to reach speeds of 30 km/h (18.6 mph) or more. It is one of the most prominent forms of Paralympic athletics.

Summer Olympics

Here is the list of demonstration sports played at the Summer Olympic Games:

Summer Olympic Games international multi-sport event

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad, first held in 1896, is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years. The most recent Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city's preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.

GamesDemonstration sportsEntered the
Olympic program
(where applicable)
1900 Paris 1 angling (men)
ballooning (men)
boules (men)
cannon shooting (men)
fire fighting (men)
kite flying (men)
jeu de paume (men)
lifesaving (men)
longue paume (men)
motorsport (men)
pigeon racing (men)
water motorsports (men)
1904 St. Louis 1 basketball (men)
American football (men)
Gaelic football (men)
hurling (men)
motor cycling (men)
• 1936




1908 London 1 cycle polo (men)
dueling (men)
1912 Stockholm baseball (men)
glima (men)
• 1992 2

1920 Antwerp korfball (mixed)
1924 Paris Basque pelota (men)
la canne (men)
canoeing and kayaking (men)
savate (men)
volleyball


• 1936

• 1964
1928 Amsterdam kaatsen (men)
korfball (mixed)
lacrosse (men)
1932 Los Angeles American football (men)
lacrosse (men)
1936 Berlin baseball (men)
gliding (men)
kabaddi (men)
• 1992 2

1948 London lacrosse (men)
• Swedish (Ling) gymnastics (men and women)
1952 Helsinki Finnish baseball (men)
handball (men)

• 1972 3
1956 Melbourne Australian rules football (men)
baseball (men)

• 1992 2
1960 Rome none
1964 Tokyo baseball (men)
budō (men)
• 1992 2

1968 Mexico City Basque pelota (men)
tennis (men and women)

• 1988 4
1972 Munich badminton (men and women)
water skiing (men and women)
• 1992

1976 Montreal none
1980 Moscow none
1984 Los Angeles baseball (men)
tennis (men and women)
• 1992 2
• 1988 4
1988 Seoul badminton (men and women)
baseball (men)
bowling (men and women)
judo (women)
taekwondo (men and women)
• 1992
• 1992 2

• 1992
• 2000
1992 Barcelona Basque pelota (men and women)
roller hockey (men)
taekwondo (men and women)


• 2000
1996 Atlanta none
2000 Sydney none
2004 Athens none
2008 Beijing none 5
2012 London none
2016 Rio de Janeiro none 6
2020 Tokyo none

Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008 was a wushu competition which was held from August 21 to 24, 2008 at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing, China.

Esports form of competition that is facilitated by electronic systems, particularly video games

Esports is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely between amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture.

eGames (esports) video game competition

eGames is an international esports competition based on national teams. The first eGames showcase event took place during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the British House in Parque Lage, Jardim Botânico on 15–16 August. The games were Smite as a show match and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a competition.

Winter Olympics

Here is the list of demonstration sports played at the Winter Olympic Games:

GamesDemonstration sportsEntered the
Olympic program
(where applicable)
1924 Chamonix none
1928 St. Moritz military patrol (men)
skijoring (men)
1932 Lake Placid curling (men)
sled dog racing (men)
speed skating (women)
• 1998 1

• 1960
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen military patrol (men)
ice stock sport (men)
1948 St. Moritz military patrol (men)
winter pentathlon (men)
1952 Oslo bandy (men)
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo none
1960 Squaw Valley none
1964 Innsbruck ice stock sport (men)
1968 Grenoble ice dancing, then known as "rhythmic skating"• 1976
1972 Sapporo none
1976 Innsbruck none
1980 Lake Placid none
1984 Sarajevo disabled alpine skiing (men)
1988 Calgary curling (men and women)
freestyle skiing (men and women)
short track speed skating (men and women)
• disabled alpine and Nordic skiing (men and women)
• 1998
• 1992 (moguls only)
• 1992

1992 Albertville curling (men and women)
speed skiing (men and women)
• freestyle skiing aerials and ski ballet (men and women)
• 1998


1994 Lillehammer none
1998 Nagano none
2002 Salt Lake City none
2006 Turin none
2010 Vancouver none
2014 Sochi none
2018 Pyeongchang none 2

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