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Extreme sports have been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Extreme sports have been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Text: Anna McClelland


If this new decision is anything to go by, future Games are going to look very different

Surfing, skateboarding, sports climbing, karate, baseball and softball have been added to the program for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) came to a decision overnight.

The five sports, which will see 18 new events and 474 new athletes compete in the Games, have been chosen largely in a bid to attract younger audiences. The IOC's current plans propose that the climbing and skateboarding events take place in man-made, central city locations to reflect the urbanisation of sport and bring in a youth-dominated crowd.

Baseball and softball were part of the Olympics from 1992 to 2008, but were axed before London 2012. 

Extreme sports have been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (фото 1)

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