The International Olympic Committee unanimously voted to accept the inclusion of five new sport events to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The decision to include new sport events and to bring back some sports was made to appeal to a wider younger generation. The new Summer Games 2020 will feature 33 sports instead of the usual 28.
According to the IOC Vice President John Coats the 2020 Tokyo Olympics package presents a perfect blend of traditional and youth focused sports that hope to make the games one of the most innovative games in our history.
- Baseball and Softball
Both baseball and softball were a part of the Olympics until 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Baseball was a full part of Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008 and softball joined in at 1996. But both of them were voted out in 2005 due to lack of professional players, cases of doping and high concerns around building stadiums.
Skateboarding has grown popularity as both professional and casual sport since the X-Games in 1995. International Skateboarding Federation president Gary Ream said that he had always believed that with right support and protection, skateboarding too shall make it appearance in Olympic stage one day and could change the world.
- Sports climbing
The decision to include sports climbing in Olympics was made aiming to bring back the event and introduce it to people. The first ever world championship for sport climbing was gained 25 years ago. People believe that the event will gain rapid popularity now that it has been introduced to Olympics.
Karate is a fresh sport as far as Olympics is concerned with although other martial art forms such as wrestling, boxing, judo and even taekwondo has been there in the Games since years. Karate is proposed to have 80 athletes including both men and women competing in Kumite and Kata events.
Surfing has been recognised as a casual activity more than as a sport since forever. But now that it has been included in the Olympics list, this has become a game changing moment for surfing- says Fernando Aguerre, President of International Surfing Association.
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