Canadian Olympic Committee: Baseball and softball among five new sports proposed for Tokyo 2020

This article was originally published on the Canadian Olympic Committee website.

The organizing committee for Tokyo 2020 has decided it will propose 18 new events across five sports for its Olympic Games.

The sports that will be pumped are baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. The IOC will make a final decision at a session in August 2016.

All of these sports actually applied for Olympic inclusion, well, their international federation did. They were among eight shortlistedfederations out of the 26 that initially wanted in. Bowling, squash, and wushu miss out this time around.

Tokyo 2020 made their proposal in alignment with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 which is turning to an ‘event-based program’ over just adding and subtracting sports. This is why Tokyo 2020 could pick and choose events within sports:

Men’s Baseball, Women’s Softball (last played ay Beijing 2008)
Karate: Kata (W/M), Kumite (W/M)
Skateboarding: Street (W/M), Park (W/M)
Sports Climbing: Bouldering, Lead and Speed Combined (W/M)
Surfing: Shortboard (W/M)

The only tricky bit is according to the proposal, 474 athletes would be added to the Games in 18 events. While the IOC seems more flexible with events and sports, they did set a cap of approximately 10,500 athletes and 310 events. At London 2012 there were 10,568 athletes and 302 medal events. Not sure then how the additions would be reconciled.

The most recent sport added to the summer Olympics was wrestling back in September 2013 after it was previously dropped. Before that, golf and rugby were voted in for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 by the IOC in 2009.

In June 2015 four new winter events were approved for PyeongChang 2018.