Five new sports to be added to Olympics for Tokyo 2020

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The 2016 Rio Olympics isn't even over yet but plans are already starting to take place for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed that five new events will be added to the sports programme for the Games in four years time.

They have confirmed that baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, and surfing will all be added to the Olympics in time for the 2020 event in Tokyo.


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Plans are already being put into place for the 2020 Olympic Games, and it's believed skateboarding and sports climbing will be held in temporary venues which will be installed in urban settings, in the hope of bringing the Games to young people and reflecting on the urbanisation of sport.

The organising committee for the Tokyo Games were the ones that wanted the five new sports added to the Olympic event, and they have found out that their wishes have been granted.

Today's vote was a culmination of a two-year process, following on from the agreement made in which host countries can propose new sports for their Olympic Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We want to take sport to the youth. With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them.

"Tokyo 2020’s balanced proposal fulfills all of the goals of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation that allowed it.

"Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.”

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “The inclusion of the package of new sports will afford young athletes the chance of a lifetime to realise their dreams of competing in the Olympic Games – the world's greatest sporting stage – and inspire them to achieve their best, both in sport and in life.”

The addition of these events will have no impact on existing athletes or on any event quotas, and when considering the proposals, the IOC took into consideration the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports, and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo Games.

These five new sports will add 18 new events, and contain 474 new athletes, with equal numbers of women and men for all sports except baseball/softball. That event will have the same number of teams, but different player totals, because softball teams consist of 15 players, whilst baseball teams consist of 24.

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