Olympic movement targets youth-centric sports for Tokyo2020

The International Olympic Committee has agreed in principle to add five sports categories to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

That decision, the IOC said, was based on the fact that the body is interested in getting more youths to participate in the games.

Mainstream sports like surfing and skateboard have been added to itinerary mainly because they are popular with young people all over the world.

“This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all popular both in Japan and internationally,” IOC said.

“The five sports will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

The other three sports events on the shortlist are: baseball/softball, karate and sports climbing.

The chairperson of the additional event programme panel, Fujio Mitarai, added, “Each of the eight shortlisted international federations amply demonstrated their potential to add to the value of the Games.

“We believe that by connecting with youth, bringing to life Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Tokyo 2020 vision, our proposal constitutes the best possible package that will add the most value to the Games.”

The final decision whether to included these five games will be taken by the IOC at their 129th Session in Rio, Brazil in August 2016.


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