POSTED: June 2nd 2016

Tokyo 2020 package of new sports receives support from IOC Executive Board

IOC Executive Board meeting at the Lausanne Palace © IOC
IOC Executive Board meeting at the Lausanne Palace © IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tokyo 2020's proposal package to add five new sports to the 2020 Olympic Games program received the support of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The package will be the furthermost comprehensive evolution of the Olympic program in modern history if it is approved at the 129th IOC Session in August in Rio.

The five sports include baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, and surfing. They have a key focus on youth, significant popularity in Japan and worldwide, and represent a combination of emerging and well-established sports. There is a mix of individual, outdoor, team, indoor, and 'urban' sports.

The package also highlights gender equality as each sport has an equal number of teams for men and women. It also focuses on exciting and innovative sports for Japan and the global community. These sports will not take away from existing Olympic sports or their athletes. The event program in the current 28 Olympic sports for Tokyo 2020 are under discussion and will be finalized in mid-2017 by the IOC Executive Board.

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee proposed the new sports due to Olympic Agenda 2020, which offers a new flexibility for host cities. Olympic Agenda 2020 now allows for host cities to customize their edition of the Games by suggesting new events and sports for inclusion. Any host city selections will not bind future Olympic hosts.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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