Tokyo welcomes new sports to Olympics 2020

Tokyo welcomes new sports to Olympics 2020

A new urban direction

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

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The International Olympic Committee has agreed to add five new sports to the roster in 2020, including surfing...

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is set to welcome five new additions to its sporting roster: baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing. The move came after a new directive, which allowed each year's organising committee to propose new sporting events to ensure a more engaging and interactive Games.

"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.

With the decision, the Tokyo organising committee has already started planning designated urban spaces for both skateboarding and sports climbing to appeal to the younger generation. "We want to take sport to the youth," commented IOC President, Thomas Bach. "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."

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