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Football receives provisional recognition from IOC

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TSN.ca Staff
12/10/2013 3:29:19 PM
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American football has taken a step on the road to becoming an Olympic sport.

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) received provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

The recognition comes seven months after the IOC denied the IFAF's initial request for recognition.

NFL Vice President of International Operations Chris Parsons told Fox Sports' Alex Marvez in May that he believed IOC recognition would "generate incremental interest" in football worldwide.

Marvez points out that the football could one day be seen in the Olympics in a less violent seven-on-seven fashion, similar to Rugby Sevens which will debut as an Olympic sport at Rio 2016.

The IFAF was formed in 1998 and currently has 66 countries as members, with the organization headquarters in France. 

The NFL has attempted to grow its European following with eight games being played in London since 2007 and three games planned for the 2014 season.

Other sports to have received Olympic recognition include chess, auto racing and tug of war.

Football (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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