Tennis Eliminated from the Olympic Summer Games of 2020


Tennis is no longer a sport in the Olympic Summer Games

Hanna Andersson, Staff Reporter

The International Olympic Committee has decided to eliminate tennis as one of the sports allowed to participate in the Olympic Summer Games of 2020. This met strong opposition, but the committee’s decision stands. The sport did not pass the application for eligibility, the IOC explains. Further research on why the sport could no longer be considered an Olympic sport showed three predominant reasons. First, an incomplete amount of contestants qualified for the games. The IOC considered lowering the qualification limits, but with the risk of having a game with amateurs, they decided to keep the limits unchanged. After all, they would rather have no tennis at the Olympics than disappointing results.

Secondly, they decided to exclude tennis because of the inconvenience of transporting the equipment needed to hold the games in Tokyo, Japan. Due to the non-existing production of tennis balls in the country, thousands of newly produced tennis balls would have to be flown in from countries like America and France. This would create a massive demand for transportation, which the IOC would have to pay for. These extra expenses did not fit into the current budget.

The last thing that contributed to the removal of tennis in the Olympic Summer Games of 2020, is the criticism the sport has gotten from big sports associations lately. Among these associations are the American Federation of Olympic Sports (AFO) and the International Association of Assorted Sports (IAA). They have pointed out the heavy influence of material in how the games turn out. Vice President of AFO, Steven Smith, says in an interview that “superior material compounds in selected athletes’ rackets, gives them an unfair advantage when playing athletes lacking that sort of equipment.” He explains that the sport has changed drastically the last two decades and the former equity of the sport has been replaced with “materialism” and a “hierarchy of rackets,” as he describes it. “It is sad and unfortunate that tennis is not going to be an event in the next Olympic Games, but in the spirit of sportly fairness, I think this was the right thing to do,” says Smith as he shrugs his shoulders.