Baseball, surfing, skateboarding, climbing and karate for Tokyo games

The International Olympics Committee has agreed to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The resolution by the 129th IOC Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the most wide-ranging evolution of the Olympic program in modern history. In total, 18 events and 474 athletes will be added in 2020. "I am so happy and so thrilled and I my have lost some of my composure", Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori said.

"You have to go, and sport has to go, to where they are and with this organisation we go to where the young people are so I'm extremely pleased with this proposal".

Inclusion of skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing, karate and a joint baseball/softball is expected to significantly boost local support for the Olympics.

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A recommendation to introduce the five sports was unanimously backed by all 90 International Olympic Committee members on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by the IOC, the move was intentionally made to bring a new generation into the Olympic tent.

Although most of the new sports are making their Olympic debut (baseball was included in previous Olympic games), this announcement only secures their spot in the Tokyo games and does not guarantee inclusion in future games.

The preseason World Baseball Classic-which is set to return next spring-could remain as baseball's main global showcase for major league players.

Skateboarding is not a "sport" and we do not want skateboarding exploited and transformed to fit into the Olympic program.

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Other sports like basketball and boxing were added in subsequent years, but by the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, far more obscure sports like synchronized swimming, taekwondo and rhythmic gymnastics were on the Olympic docket, decades before golf and rugby would return. It has seen snowboarding become one of its most popular winter sports since adding that in 1998.

Baseball was an official part of the Olympic program at all five summer games from 1992-2008.

Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki who plays with the Miami Marlins in the MLB. "We'd anticipated that we had a really good shot at getting back in, given that baseball and softball are so popular in Japan".

Janine Beckie's record-breaking goal in Canada's 2-0 victory over Australia on Wednesday was nine seconds faster than Oribe Peralta's strike for Mexico in the men's gold medal match against Brazil four years ago in London. We generally don't hear much chatter for sports such as badminton, for example, or handball.

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