The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has unanimously approved The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ proposal to include five new sports at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. A total of 18 additional events will now be added to the Olympic roster.
The five additional sports are: Baseball / Softball (1 event); Karate (8 events); Skateboarding (4 events); Sport Climbing (2 events); and Surfing (2 events), which will see an additional 474 athletes competing at Tokyo 2020.
President & CEO of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mr Yoshiro Mori, commented:
We are very pleased that the IOC has approved our proposal. I deeply appreciate the support of the IOC members, and of various national and international federations in this matter. Thanks to new provisions in the Olympic Agenda 2020, for the first time ever an Olympic Organising Committee was given this unique opportunity to contribute to the design of the Olympic Programme. This will allow us to write a new chapter in the history of the Olympic Games.
Through these additional events, the Tokyo 2020 Games aims to inspire new generations and become a turning point and a model for future Olympic Games. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders, including managers of the venues which will host the newly added sport events, to prepare an excellent Games.
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