The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed the inclusion of two new sports from the 2016 games at its meeting in August 2009. The proposal to include golf and rugby sevens will be submitted to the full IOC Session at its meeting in Copenhagen on 3 – 5 October.

The guiding principles used to determine which sports are included in the Olympic programme are:

  • universality;
  • popularity of the sport;
  • image;
  • athletes' health;
  • development of the International Federation that governs the sport; and
  • costs of holding the sport.

Additionally, sports in the programme must adhere to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.