The Courier-Mail

BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SKATEBOARD­ING

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Being reintroduc­ed after their last appearance at the

2008 Beijing Games.

Their reinstatem­ent follows an invitation by the IOC for the host country to propose the temporary inclusion of additional events. They suggested women’s softball and men’s baseball, considerin­g their popularity in

Japan.

There will be two Olympic y p discipline­s: p Park and Street. Park takes p place in a hollowed- hollowed-out out bowl that features a series of curved surfaces that rise steeply. p y Competitor­s p climb the curves at speed p and performmid- p perform mid-air air tricks. The Street involves competitor­s p showing off their skills or ““tricks” tricks” on a course that inclu includes stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls

and slopes.

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