A decision has been made that cyclocross will not feature in the Winter Olympics. A meeting has been held by the International Olympic Committee in Monte Carlo and it was decided to maintain the rule that only sports which take place on ice or snow would be part of the Winter Olympics.
Earlier this year, the UCI president Brian Cookson outlined his support for their inclusion, saying “I am convinced that cyclocross would add value to the Winter Games.”
There was also hope that the IOC president Thomas Bach would support the proposal, as he had said that he wanted to modernise the Olympics and bring more sports in. In addition to cycling, the International Chess Federation were also hopeful that chess could be included, but this was ruled out also.
However, at its 127th Meeting, the IOC decided that more sports can be added to the Olympic programme but that the Winter Games will be reserved for sports on ice or snow.