Olympics in Tokyo Will Have 5 New Sports

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Tatiana Weston-Webb competes in the finals of the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 31, 2016, in Huntington Beach.

Olympic leaders approved the addition of five sports to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, including the return of baseball-softball and the introduction of youth-oriented events such as skateboarding and surfing. "For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world".

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"Their hearts were broken that they weren't allowed to participate for their country at the Olympics in the sport that they had a passion for", he said.

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Surfing will include 20 competitors in both the men's and women's categories. Open of Surfing on July 31, 2016, in Huntington Beach.

The move forms part of IOC president Thomas Bach's "Olympic Agenda 2020" plan, which aims to rejuvenate the Olympics and make them more appealing to younger viewers. We have to go to them. In addition to the Games themselves, the International Olympic Committee get together and review proposed plans to add or subtract sports from the Games. It became an official medal sport at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, and the United States earned gold in 2000 and bronze in 1996 and 2008.

Tokyo organisers recommended the inclusion of these new events, with the International Olympic Committee approving them in the hope that it will attract more youth to the games in the future.

The IOC considered a variety of factors when assessing the proposal, including the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo Games.

Even as the US women's softball team won world cups, they didn't get the same kind of notoriety as the softball players who won Olympic gold, or the women's soccer team who won the World Cup.

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Skateboarding, surfing, baseball/softball, karate and climbing will join the program, according to a press release from the International Olympic Committee.

Karate will have 80 athletes competing in men's and women's Kumite and Kata events, while surfing will have two shortboard events for 40 competitors.

It makes sense, then, that some of the world's most notoriously "cool" sports ― surfing and skateboarding, in particular ― made the cut.

We'll just have to wait four years to see how these extreme sports hold up in the world of Olympians.

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