IOC agrees to add five sports in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Aug 5, 2016 11:28 IST

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 3 August 2016 agreed to add five new sports to the progaramme for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The sports to be added include Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboard, Climbing Sports and surfing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The decision was taken by the 129th IOC session being held in Rio de Janeiro.

The Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Games proposed the five new sports in response to the new flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020. Tokyo 2020, the first Organising Committee able to take advantage of the change, submitted its proposal for the five new sports to the IOC in September 2015.

The additional sports in Tokyo will not impact the athlete or event quotas of existing Olympic sports or be binding on future host cities. The inclusion of the new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes.

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