5 new Olympic sports closer

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

— Five sports, in­clud­ing surf­ing and skate­board­ing, moved a step closer to be­ing in­cluded in the Tokyo 2020 Games af­ter be­ing de­scribed as “a dy­namic and ex­cit­ing” pack­age by the IOC.

Skate­board­ing, surf­ing, karate, sports climb­ing and base­ball/soft­ball were all rec­om­mended for in­clu­sion by the IOC. An Olympic pro­gram com­mis­sion re­port re­leased on Fri­day said the five are a blend of the tra­di­tional and emerg­ing, youth-fo­cused events, and all have in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ap­peal.

The IOC will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on the five sports in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 3, two days be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2016 Games.

In as­sess­ing the case for in­clu­sion, the com­mis­sion con­sid­ered gen­der equal­ity, youth ap­peal and their legacy value.

The in­clu­sion of the new sports would add 18 events and 474 ath­letes, with equal num­bers of women and men for all sports ex­cept base­ball/soft­ball, be­cause soft­ball teams have 15 play­ers, while base­ball teams have 24.

The re­port said the new sports in Tokyo would not threaten the in­clu­sion of ex­ist­ing Olympic sports or be bind­ing on fu­ture host cities.

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