Surfing, skateboarding, karate, and sports climbing — as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball — will be added to the 2020 games.
Currently, there are 28 Olympic sports. The addition of the five is the “most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history,” an IOC statement said.
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The addition is expected to bring 474 new athletes to the games, with the IOC saying the mix of traditional and “youth-focused” sports are already popular in Japan.
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In an IOC report, officials noted that baseball is Japan’s No. 1 spectator sport, and the 2020 games can take advantage of existing world-class stadiums.
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