The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved five new sports events for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. This decision brings back some sports and adds new ones to charm the younger audiences.
They agreed to bring back baseball and softball to the Olympics stage after missing the 2012 London Olympics and this year’s Rio Olympics. They also agreed to add karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing as new events. The IOC unanimously voted to accept these new sports to be included in the next Olympics.
The Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games proposed these five new sports in response to the new flexibility provided by the Olympic Agenda 2020.
The resolution by the 129th IOC Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the most wide-ranging evolution of the Olympic program in modern history. The five sports will be innovative combinations of established and emerging youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.
The addition of the new sports will give young athletes the opportunities to realize their dreams of competing in the Olympic Games, which is the world’s supreme sporting stage, and will inspire them to achieve their best both in sport and in life.
The additional sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes to the program. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes compared with the typical number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes.
The Olympics is the leading international sporting event presenting summer sports competitions participated by thousands of athletes worldwide. The Olympic Games is the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations taking part. This happens every four years.
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