Chess, Bridge, and Billiards are "recognized" by the IOC. Have any of them ever been in the Olympics?
Have there ever been medal competitions for Chess, Billiards, or Bridge? Have any of these sports ever been demonstration sports in the Olympics?
Here is a quote from Wikipedia about "recognized Olympic sports":
Many sports are not included in the Olympic program but are recognized by the IOC. At any time, a recognized sport may be added to the Olympic program in future Games through a recommendation by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission followed by a voting of the IOC membership. Usually the sport appeared as a demonstration sport or event of similar status before being officially promoted. The respective IFs are responsible for ensuring that the sport's activities follow the Olympic Charter; from the moment their sport is recognized they become official Olympic federations and can assemble with the IOC and remaining Olympic IFs. Recognized sports that are not part of the competition schedule for an Olympic Games usually become part of the schedule of the World Games.
On July 11, 2005, the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the Olympic program for 2012,  a decision that was reaffirmed on February 9, 2006. Nevertheless, the IOC members rejected their replacement with karate and squash, which were selected from a list that included golf, inline speed skating, and rugby sevens. During its last meeting of 2007, on December 12, the IOC Executive Board approved the provisional recognition of both cricket and climbing for a two-year period.
The following sports, though not contested in the Olympic Games, are recognized as Olympic sports by the IOC:
* Air sports
* Billiard sports
- Rod the racerLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
No, the only other Olympic sports that at some time have been contested in the Olympic Games are:
Jeu de paume
Tug of war