IOC candidate Oswald wants new Olympic sports

By Graham Dunbar

Associated Press

Published: Monday, June 3 2013 6:06 a.m. MDT

Swiss Denis Oswald, president of the International Rowing Federation and member of the IOC's executive board, speaks during a press conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday June 3, 2013. Oswald will run as candidate for president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). A new IOC President will be elected on Sept. 10, 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

Keystone,Laurent Gillieron, Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — IOC presidential candidate Denis Oswald says the Olympics could add new sports by cutting some existing events and disciplines.

Oswald says a "more creative approach" is needed to establish the sports program in the wake of the IOC's handling of wrestling's Olympic status.

The Swiss lawyer is one of six candidates to succeed Jacques Rogge, who steps down in September. Oswald held a news conference Monday to talk about his campaign platform.

Oswald says established sports could "streamline" some disciplines where "only four or five nations" usually win medals.

Oswald says he's "pretty convinced" that wrestling will return to the Olympics after being dropped from the core list for the 2020 Games in a process that was designed to bring in a new sport.