The executive board of the IOC has supported the proposal to add the package of five new sports (karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing and baseball/softball) to the programme of the Olympic games Tokyo 2020. If approved at the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in august, the change would be the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history.
The five sports will offer a key focus on youth, which is at the heart of the Games vision for Tokyo 2020. They represent a combination of well-established and emerging sports with significant popularity in Japan and beyond. They include team sports and individual sports; indoor sports and outdoor sports; and ‘urban’ sports with a strong appeal to youth.
The inclusion of the new sports would add 18 events and 474 athletes to the Olympic programme in Tokyo, without impacting existing sports.
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