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PETER CAVE: The 2016 Olympic Games are still a long way off but one competition has already begun.

Seven sports, including karate and rugby, are competing for inclusion.

In Switzerland, sporting officials have been making their pitches for the two slots available and
there's a lot of money riding on the decision.

Brendan Trembath prepared this report.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The International Olympic Committee says all seven sports have something to offer
but only two will be included in the 2016 Games

Jacques Rogge is the IOC president.

JACQUES ROGGE: The sport has to add an added value to the already existing sports in the Olympic
program. So we are only going to take a sport if the sport can bring something new.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The seven sports vying for inclusion are traditional ball sports such as
baseball, golf, softball, squash and rugby.

Karate and roller sports like skateboarding are also contenders.

Jacques Rogge says there are several conditions.

JACQUES ROGGE: I will look at popularity, universality. We look at the fact whether this sport is
very costly in terms of infrastructure, whether they have a good ethical behaviour in terms of
fighting doping.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The two sports selected will enjoy a higher profile, with that huge international

But also there's money in it - many nations subsidise Olympic sports.

Michael Kassis is the president of the Australian Karate Federation.

He says the sport has many participants around the world and deserves to be in the Olympics.

MICHAEL KASSIS: Right throughout the world there is in excess of 50-million people from all ages,
the age of four up to 70 participate in karate.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: You often see children around Australia in their karate uniforms but how widely
practiced is it here?

MICHAEL KASSIS: Here in Australia we have got an excess of 60,000 participants, that is registered
participants through the Australian Karate Federation.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Something else the IOC looks at is the cost. Is it an expensive sport to compete

MICHAEL KASSIS: Absolutely not. Compared to any other sport, the only thing you would need is a
karate uniform, which you are looking around about anything between $50 to $100. For a parent in an
economic crisis like today, they might not be able to afford to send their children to other sports
because of relevant cost of karate is quite considerably cheaper than any other sport.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Now the other issue is that dirty word in sport - doping. Has doping been a
problem in karate at all?

MICHAEL KASSIS: Not at all. We keep a close monitor of all athletes. There is random testing with
any international representatives and so far we have not had any problems with doping or the
illicit drugs.

PETER CAVE: Michael Kassis, the president of the Australian Karate Federation, ending that report
from Brendan Trembath.