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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 16:58 GMT
Ski-cross gets approval for 2010
Vancouver will host the 2010 Winter Olympics
The International Olympic Committee has approved the addition of the freestyle ski event ski-cross for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The sport involves groups of skiers racing each other to the bottom of a course which features jumps, rollers, banks and other features.

IOC members voted for the inclusion of the sport in the next Games at the start of a two-day meeting in Kuwait.

But a number of other sports, including women's ski jumping, missed out.

Ski-cross, which is similar to snowboard cross, is part of the International Ski Federation's World Cup freestyle circuit, which also includes the Olympic events of aerials and moguls.

Snowboard-cross made its Olympic debut earlier this year in Turin, drawing big crowds and good ratings.

The IOC said that women's ski jumping has yet to be fully established with the first world championships not due to take place until 2009.

"In our analysis, there are not enough athletes and not enough countries," said IOC vice president Gunilla Lindberg.

"They have to work with the International Ski Federation and Nordic combined to be ready for 2014."

Among the other events turned down were a team event in Alpine skiing, individual curling and team luge.

The Kuwait meeting was the last chance for new events to secure a spot on the Vancouver sports programme.

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