evomma - if BJJ became an olympic sport it would have to be called something else... a sport can not be an olympic event if it contains a reference to a particular country, eg: muay thai, or brazilian jiu jitsu...submission wrestling or kick boxing would be ok....
The Olympic Programme Commission, in their report to the 117th IOC Session stated that they had developed a set of 33 criteria to be used in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each potential/current Olympic sport and the 'value' that each sport adds to the Olympic Programme. (you can read the methodology and the assessments of all Olympic sports in the link above, pretty interesting reading).
The criteria break down into the following categories:
Each of these areas then has objectively analysed criteria.
Other Multi-sports Games
Recognised IFs - World Games
MEMBER NATIONAL FEDERATIONS
ACTIVE MEMBER NATIONAL FEDERATIONS
GLOBAL SPREAD OF EXCELLENCE
PARTICIPATION OF BEST ATHLETES IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
TICKET SALES AND ATTENDANCE
MEDIA ACCREDITATION REQUESTS
NEW MEDIA PENETRATION
TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS ON THE FIELD OF PLAY
INCREASING APPEAL OF THE SPORT
ATHLETE REPRESENTATION Role of athletes in the IF’s global decision-making process,in particular with respect to its Athletes’ Commission ANTI-DOPING
DEVELOPMENT OF THE IF Strategic planning
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPORT
VENUES COSTS AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Some sports and disciplines are not part of the current Olympic program, but are recognized by the IOC. Their respective International Sport Federations are responsible for ensuring that the sport's activities follow the Olympic Charter.
A recognized sport may be added to the Olympic program in future Games, by recommendation of the IOC Olympic Programme Commission and a vote by IOC members. The IOC voted on July 11, 2005 to remove baseball and softball from the Olympic program for 2012 (reaffirmed by vote on February 9, 2006 ) but also rejected their replacement with karate and squash (selected from a list that also included golf, roller sports and rugby sevens).
Recognised sports include Sumo, Golf, Karate and Polo.
The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event, meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Some of the sports that were on the program of the World Games eventually made it as Olympic sports (such as triathlon) or have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). Participation in past World Games is included in the evaluation criteria used to select new Olympic sports adopted by the IOC on August 12, 2004. However, with the current position of the IOC to limit the Olympic Games to 10,500 participants, it is unlikely than many of the World Games sports will be elevated to the Olympic sports.
Ok then, nice facts and figures, you might be saying but why won't BJJ or Submission Wrestling ever make it to the Olympics? it is not all bad news, there are some areas where BJJ/Submission Wrestling would score highly in the assessment:- Best Athletes would compete in the Olympics
However there are many areas where the sport(s) would score very poorly and this significantly outweight the positives above:Not a global sport/Not a well subscribed sport
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