Saskatoon's Down applauds softball's return to the Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes compared with the typical number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes.

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

They agreed to bring back baseball and softball to the Olympics stage after missing the 2012 London Olympics and this year's Rio Olympics.

Legendary American surfer Corky Carroll told United States media the sport is "too cool for the Olympics".

"Youth today has so many options for their leisure time that you just can't wait for young people to come to sport."
We have to go to them.

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In the Olympic Agenda, organizing committees are given more leeway when it comes to adding new sports which they think will make the Olympics more innovative, flexible and caters more to the youth.

The Friday's vote was the culmination of a two-year process that began with the unanimous approval of the IOC's strategic roadmap in 2014. "Nations competing for the Olympic gold medal in baseball and softball, in Japan, will best showcase the nature and spirit of our global sport - and it will be the most covered and most exciting worldwide baseball/softball tournaments in history, which will help build our case to be featured in future Olympic Games as well".

In an effort to increase focus on innovation and youth, host nations can now ask for sports to be included that are of special interest to them, without being binding on future Olympic hosts.

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

The IOC session in the Brazilian city voted unanimously with a show of hands in favour of the sports which will make a one-off appearance in the Games.

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"Baseball is part of Japanese culture, it has to be in the Olympics", Cromartie said.

Surfing will include 20 competitors in both the men's and women's categories. Also incoming for Tokyo are skateboarding, karate, rock climbing and surfing.

"It definitely puts surfing on another level", said three-time women's world champion of surfing Carissa Moore.

The lawsuit also alleged that Ream struck up a friendly relationship with Christophe Dubi, the IOC Olympic Games executive director, and provided Dubi's son with free training at a skateboarding camp he owned.

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