If you’re sick of seeing the same old sports every time the Olympics rolls around, you’ll be pleased with the news that Olympic leaders have approved the addition of 5 new sports to the program of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The International Olympic Committee came to the unanimous vote in response to the flexibility of the 2020 Olympic Agenda, and will see plans to stage the skateboarding and sports climbing events in temporary venues installed in urban settings. This will mark a historic step in bringing the Games to a younger audience and to ‘reflect the urbanisation of sport’.
“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 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 the legacy of the Tokyo Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
The inclusion of these 5 new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes, and according to Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori, “…will afford youth 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.”