Five sports hope to get the IOC nod

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

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

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