IOC Rules out Beach Soccer, Futsal
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled out the possibility of including beach soccer and futsal at the 2016 Rio Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge said Saturday that the two could gain Olympic status, but only after the 2016 Games.
"There is no possibility to increase the number of sports for 2016," Rogge noted. "There are negotiations taking place with FIFA (world soccer governing body) but we are still undertaking studies. It's something for the future," he added. In 2011, FIFA president Joseph Blatter announced the plans to back beach soccer and futsal's inclusion at the Rio Olympics.