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IOC approves five new sports for Olympic 2020 in Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approves five new sports for Olympic games in Tokyo 2020. The IOC has given a green signal to add Baseball, Softball, Karate, Skateboard, Sports Climbing and Surfing to the sports programme in the 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo.

The decision was taken by the IOC in Rio de Janeiro. The steps were taken to lure young generations. The proposal to add five new sports was given by the Organising Committee of Tokyo 2020 in response to the new flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020.

The proposal for the five new sports to the IOC was submitted in September 2015 by the Organising Committee of Tokyo 2020.

“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 fulfils 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,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“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,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

The inclusion of the new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes, with equal numbers of women and men for all sports except baseball/softball, which will have the same number of teams but different player totals, because softball teams have 15 players whilst baseball teams have 24. Tokyo 2020 will rely heavily on existing and temporary venues to stage the competitions.

Discussions on the event programme in the existing 28 Olympic sports for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are ongoing, and will be finalised by the IOC Executive Board in mid-2017.