Data Visualization Challenge: Charting the Future of Olympic Sports

Competition Name: Charting the Future of Olympic Sports

Background: The Olympic Games is the world’s preeminent sporting competition. Held every four years, it brings together athletes worldwide to compete in various sports. Rooted in ancient Greek traditions, the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896 with the aim of promoting friendship, unity, and fair competition among nations. Governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Games have evolved over the years as new sports and events have been added and removed to inspire billions of spectators worldwide.

In order for a new sport to be added to the Olympic Games, a sports federation or organization that governs the sport must make a formal proposal to the IOC. There are seven key criteria that the committee considers in the decision-making process:

  1. Universality: The sport should be practiced by men and women in a wide range of countries across different continents. The typical baseline has been participation in 75 countries across 4 continents for men and in 40 countries across 3 continents for women.
  2. Popularity: The sport should have a significant global fan base and sufficient media coverage to generate interest among spectators. Some popularity indicators include social media followings, number of official website visits, television coverage, media accreditations, and ticket sales at major sporting events.
  3. History and Tradition: The sport's historical and cultural significance may be considered. Some sports with deep roots and historical importance are given preference.
  4. Governance: The international federation or governing body for the sport should have a well-established and transparent structure. It should also comply with Olympic Charter requirements [link to Olympic Charter].
  5. Ethics: The sport should adhere to the Olympic values of fair play, non-discrimination, and sportsmanship. The sport should have a Code of Ethics.
  6. Athletes: The sport should have international competitions (e.g., World Championships) in place to identify the best athletes to participate in the Olympic Games.
  7. Health: The sport should serve the harmonious physical and moral development of the abilities of those taking part in it. This includes being in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (more information can be found at
This competition is restricted to members of current AIS Student Chapters. 

Important Dates

  • (EXTENDED) February 8, 2024: Preliminary submissions due.
  • February 15, 2024: Finalists notified.
  • March 21 – 23, 2024: Finalists compete at the conference in Logan, Utah, before a panel of judges.


Monetary Awards

  • 1st place team: $3000
  • 2nd place team: $2000
  • 3rd place team: $1000


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If these criteria are found to be satisfactory, the sport is recommended to the IOC to be voted upon. The sport is added to the Olympic Games if a majority vote is achieved. The main goal of this process is to ensure that the Olympic games remain relevant, inclusive, and appealing to global audiences.


The goal is to identify a sport that should be added or removed to/from the Olympic Games based on the above criterion. Your analysis can focus on one sport to remove or, one sport to add, or both, either winter or summer games. Not all 7 criteria must be met for this competition, but we are looking for an analysis of at least 3 criteria. Use data visualization/visual analytics to drive your recommendation. Consider making individual charts or an interactive dashboard that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the criterion. Participants must utilize the DOMO platform.


You may find the below resources helpful in completing this competition. The links below will contain datasets and other resources.

Required Data Visualization Software

We are thrilled to partner with DOMO on this data visualization competition. Please follow this link* to create your free DOMO instance. All submissions must utilize DOMO.

*If you are experiencing issues accessing your free DOMO instance, please contact with the subject line "Accessing DOMO for AIS Competition" and include your full name, university, and university email in the body of your email. 


1.      Ideate: From your own experience, which sports should be added or removed from the Olympic Games? Conduct some initial research.

2.     Data Research: Spend time discovering what data is available based on the criterion provided. We’ve provided links to possible sources, but you are encouraged to discover more resources that match your objective.

3.     Data Understanding: Use DOMO to look for insights and build your narrative. 

4.     Collaboration: Encourage teamwork and collaboration within your group. Utilize the diverse skill sets of team members.

5.     Potential Insights: Detail what you learned or how it influences your recommendation.

Preliminary Submission

Your submission must include:

A concise, 5 to 8-minute video demonstrating all aspects of the prompt. The video should communicate the purpose, methodology, insights, and recommendations. Points will be based on articulating a clear purpose, credible data, appropriate design, right charts for analyzing the data, and narrative that leads to recommendations.

Submission Directions

Utilize this survey to submit your materials for this competition.




Clearly convey which prompt you selected (adding or removing a sport) and the supporting criterion.


Identify sources based on data accuracy, completeness, consistency, uniqueness, time-appropriate, and pedigree


Intentional and appropriate design principles are applied to match message and recommendation

Visual Analytics

Insights are conveyed visually and clearly using the right chart type  


Insights support recommendation  

Quality of presentation

The presentation addresses all required components within the 5-8 -minute time limit. Presenters communicate their information clearly and professionally using a slide deck and/or visualizations.

Finalist Expectations

Once finalists are notified, additional instructions will be given to them on what to prepare for the finals held in Logan, Utah.