7 Apr 2011

IOC adds new events to Winter Olympics

8:06 am on 7 April 2011

Six new events, including women's ski jumping, will make their debuts at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The other added by the International Olympic committee are the ski halfpipe for men and women, team figure skating, team luge and biathlon mixed relay, meaning an extra 150 athletes will participate in the Russian Black Sea resort city.

The IOC's delayed a decision on five other sports up for approval: slopeside events in snowboard and freestyle skiing for men and women, and a team alpine skiing event.

A decision on those will be made in a couple of months after fresh feasibility studies at the proposed sites in Sochi.