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The official Olympic sports in the sports programme of the XXVth Olympiad gradually increased in number from 23 to 25, as sports such as baseball and badminton were recognised as official. In addition, three demonstration sports were included for the last time in the history of the Olympic Games. These were Basque pelota, roller hockey and taekwondo.

As set out in the Olympic Charter, the respective international federations were responsible for the technical organisation of the competitions. With the federations’ agreement, and often at the proposal of the organisers, efforts were made to enhance the sports modalities to make them more attractive to the public and better suited to being broadcast on television. Certain aspects of the rules were modified in some instances. Thus, electronic monitoring enhancements were incorporated into modalities such as boxing and gymnastics to overcome waiting times while the judges deliberated. In the cases of table tennis and judo, for example, some of the colours of the competition elements were changed to enhance the quality of the television images.

The importance and challenge of balancing the competition schedule meant that time factors had to be taken into account to ensure that they were wholly beneficial to the show. Also taken into account were environmental factors such as the heat, and the suitability of timetables for broadcasts. In total, 36 sports facilities were used, 19 in Barcelona and 17 in the sub-host cities.

Selected resources

Programa de competición de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona '92

COOB’92 (1992) : Programa de competición de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona ’92 : 10 de octubre de 1990 : press : informe : rapport : report. Barcelona : COOB’92.

Calendari de competició, Jocs de la XXV Olimpíada, Barcelona 1992

COOB’92 (1990): Calendari de competició, Jocs de la XXV Olimpíada, Barcelona 1992. Barcelona : COOB’92.

Manual d'equip = Manual de equipo

El COOB’92 editó una colección con los manuales de equipo para cada deporte que formó parte del programa deportivo.

libret explicatiu = folleto explicativo

El COOB’92 editó una colección de folletos explicativos sobre cada uno de los deportes del programa olímpico de los Juegos.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.