Five sports hope to get the IOC nod
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.
Karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball were also recommended for inclusion by the IOC. The IOC will make the final decision on the five sports in Rio de Janeiro on August 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.
Baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games. Their hopes for inclusion are boosted by their popularity in Japan. – ANA-AP