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Surfing, Skateboarding, Climbing, Karate, Baseball, And Softball Will Be At The 2020 Olympics


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The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that five new sports would be added to the 2020 games in Tokyo.

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Surfing, skateboarding, karate, and sports climbing — as well as men's baseball and women's softball — will be added to the 2020 games.

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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.


Surfing offers a number of positives for the IOC: young fans, top athletes from around the world, and a chance for spectators to hang out by the water.

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"Surfing has a unique and modern blend of sport performance, lifestyle, and youth culture," the IOC report said. "The world-class competition on the waves and the ‘beach festival’ atmosphere would add a whole new dimension to the Olympic Games."