Four sports to make debut in Tokyo Olympics; baseball, softball return for one-off Games | Tokyo Olympics News
The COVID-impacted Tokyo Games will see five sports join the Olympic program, four of which will debut in the quadrennial masterpiece.
With five days left until the pandemic-ravaged Games begin on July 23, here’s a look at the five new sports, including four newcomers, that will give the world new Olympic stars in the days ahead.
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1. SKATING: Skateboarding is an action sport that will make its debut in Tokyo after being included in the Olympic program for the first time. The sport has received a great boost as it has already been approved to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. In Tokyo, medals will be offered for two disciplines of skateboarding: park and street. Whereas in the park discipline, skaters have to show their skills and perform tricks in a dome-shaped bowl, in street competitions the competitors had to overcome real-life obstacles such as ladders, rails, etc.
Participants will be evaluated based on their level of difficulty, originality, and execution ability at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.
Nyjah Huston (USA), Pedro Barros (Brazil), Shane O’Neill (Australia), Leticia Bufoni (Brazil), Alex Sorgente (Italy), Japan’s Yuto Horigome and Aori Nishimura and 12-year-old British Sky Brown are some of the big names that will compete for top honors in sport in Tokyo.
2. SURF: Surfing is another action-packed adventure sport that will make its Olympic debut and will continue to be part of the sporting mega-event as it has also been approved for the Paris 2024 Games.
The competition will take place in men’s and women’s categories, with preliminary heats followed by head-to-head elimination rounds. The events will take place on Tsurigasaki Beach in Ichinomiya.
Surfers will be judged on their commitment and degree of difficulty, innovations, maneuvers, fluidity, speed and power.
The top five surfers to watch out for in the upcoming Games are Brazilian Gabriel Medina, former world champion John John Florence from the USA, another American Carissa Moore, seven-time world champion from Australia Stephanie Gilmore and local favorite Kanoa Igarashi.
3. SPORTS CLIMBING: Sport climbing began to gain recognition in the 1980s and joining the Olympic program for the first time in Tokyo will definitely give a huge boost to the discipline, which is popular with young people today.
The event to be held at Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo will be played as a single event. The three main disciplines of the sport (speed, bouldering and leadership) will be combined to determine the overall winner in the men’s and women’s section.
The best sport climbers to be seen in action at the Tokyo Olympics are Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic, Janja Garnbret from Slovenia, Miho Nonaka from Japan, the Mawem Brothers – Mickael and Bassa from France and Britain’s Shauna Coxsey.
4. KARATE: Karate, the traditional martial arts of Japan, will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics. The sport, born in Okinawa, Japan in 1868, was introduced by the Organizing Committee on the list due to its rich history and popularity in the country. However, karate will not appear in the next edition of the Paris Games.
In the 32nd edition of the Summer Olympics, karate will be played in two disciplines: kata and kumite. While athletes must demonstrate their techniques in kata, kumite has weight classes and is judged on the basis of the results of head-to-head fights. The competition will be held in three weight classes for men and women at the Nippon Budokan.
Sandra Sánchez from Spain, the Japanese duo of Ryo Kiyuna and Kiyou Shimizu, Hamideh Abbasali from Iran and Tzu-Yun Wen from Chinese Taipei are some of the notable names to be seen on the mat in the upcoming Games.
5. BASEBALL / SOFTBALL: Baseball was included in the Olympic program as a medal event at the 1992 Barcelona Games and remained part of the masterpiece until the 2008 edition in Beijing before being removed from the list.
But being a popular sport in Japan, baseball is poised to return to the Olympic program at the next Games in Tokyo.
Softball, on the other hand, made its debut at the Olympics as a medal event in 1996 in Atlanta and was part of the Games until 2008 before being removed from the program. But like baseball, softball will return for a unique Games in Tokyo, as it has once again been kicked off the Paris 2024 list. While baseball is contested between men, softball is a women-only event.
The baseball and softball competitions will be played between six countries: Australia, hosts Japan, Italy, the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Additionally, the Tokyo Olympics will witness various existing sports in new forms and events such as basketball and cycling.
Basketball has been an integral part of the Olympic Games since 1936, but in Tokyo the sport will be included in two new medal events after the International Olympic Committee has approved the inclusion of the 3×3 format in the men’s and women’s categories of the Games. from Tokyo.
Like basketball, cycling is also being repackaged as freestyle BMX, an action sport in Tokyo. This event has no racing involved and is judged on the basis of tricks, level of difficulty, and execution of a motorcyclist’s skill within a specially designed park.