The Nordic Combined women will not get a place at the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina.

The head of the International Olympic Committee decided on Friday against including a women's competition in the sport.

In addition, the IOC fundamentally questioned the Olympic future of Nordic combined.

Inclusion in the program for the 2030 Winter Games depends on a significant further development in the diversity of the participants and in the interest of the spectators.

"In my opinion, the signs against sport, against traditional sports, are what I think the Olympic Games are about," said three-time Olympic champion Eric Frenzel.

He fears for the Olympic future of his sport.

"Because if there are no women in 2030, then I don't believe that men's Nordic combined will continue to find a place in the IOC in the future," explained Frenzel.

Only ten nations involved

For women, there are currently only athletes from ten nations, the IOC noted.

"Outside of Europe, no one practices this sport," said IOC official Karl Stoss.

Combined will thus be the only sport in Milan and Cortina in which only men compete.

She was "definitely sad and disappointed," said combiner Jenny Nowak.

"I think I can speak for everyone: we will take that as motivation and show the IOC that we are definitely ready for the Olympics.

We will keep fighting," added Nowak.

The women have been contesting World Cup competitions since 2020, and World Championship medals were awarded for the first time in 2021.

In 2023 there should also be a mixed team competition at the World Cup.

But that was not enough for the IOC.

Rather, the ring circle was "very worried" about the situation in Nordic combined.

The IOC only kept the men's competitions in the program for 2026 because the athletes have been working towards these games for years.

Women's doubles added

Women's competitions in the toboggan doubles and in ski jumping from the large hill were newly included.

"I think the IOC's decision is great, because it gives many young athletes the chance to win two Olympic medals and they don't just have to focus on their individual careers," said doubles luger Jessia Degenhardt from Altenberg.

National coach Norbert Loch was also pleased.

It is a challenge "to further advance this discipline," said Loch.

In addition, the IOC confirmed ski mountaineering as a new Olympic sport with three competitions.

In addition, there will also be a skeleton mixed and mogul competitions for freestyle skiers in Milan and Cortina.

According to the IOC, 47 percent of the Olympians at the games in Italy will be women - a record.