There's already buzz growing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Even though the games are still four years away, they are already making history. Just before the Rio Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee approved five new sports for 2020: baseball and softball (which are considered one sport), karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing.
According to the IOC, the additions will add 18 events and 474 athletes.
Here's what we know about the new sports:
The Tokyo games will mark the first time either sport has been played in the Olympics since Beijing in 2008. Men's baseball was a full part of the Olympic program from 1992 to 2008, with women's softball joining in 1996. The IOC voted them both out in 2005. It remains to be seen whether or not Major League Baseball players will participate in the games. However, Rob Manfred, the league's commissioner, did welcome the vote.
The third time was the charm for skateboarding after it was denied for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In all, 80 athletes--40 men and 40 women--will compete in both park and street events. Tas Pappas, one of the sport's biggest names, raised some controversy recently when he questioned how the athlete's will potentially deal with the IOC's drug policy, telling the Australian Broadcasting Company:
"I'm wondering how it's going to work as far as the drug testing is concerned, because some guys skate really well on weed and if they have to stop smoking for one competition [the Olympics] it might really affect their performance."
Cowabunga! First things first, the competition will not take place in a wave pool. Instead will be be out in the elements, off the beach's of Chiba, a town about an hour outside of Tokyo. There will be 40 competitors, 20 men and 20 women, who will all be on a high-performance shortboard. Longboards and bodyboard will not be allowed in the competition. The IOC also wants the event's location to have a festival-type atmosphere with live music and exotic food.
In a proposal submitted by the International Federation of Sport Climbers, the competition would last four days, with climbers being judged on three different aspects: lead climbing, bouldering and speed climbing. The final rankings would be based off the combined results of all three disciples.
There will be an even number of athletes, 80, 40 men and 40 women, in two events: Kumite and Kata. Kumite translates "grappling hands" and is a sparing form of karate. Kata is a choreographed pattern of movement. The competitions will take place at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
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