Tokyo organizing committee has proposed five new sports for the 2020 Olympic Games. Karate, sports climbing, skateboarding, surfing and baseball/softball are the additional proposed sports for Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said, “This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally.”
Additional event panel head Fujio Mitarai told reporters, “I think this is a wonderful package of events.”
If the above mentioned sports get approval to appear in the Tokyo Olympics, it will be their first appearance in Olympic Games except Baseball and Softball. Baseball was introduced in 1992 and Softball joined in 1996 Olympiads. Both these games were removed after 2008 Beijing Olympics.
See more: List of Olympic Sports
President of International Surfing Association Mr Fernando Aguerre said, “Surfing embodies a cool, playful lifestyle that would add a completely new element to the programme, helping the Games reach new fans through live action and stunning broadcast opportunities.”
International Olympic Committee will take the final decision over these sports inclusion in 2020 Olympics will be finalized in August 2016 at Rio de Janeiro.
Recently Updated: 28th September, 2015