On June 1, 2016, the International Olympic Committee made the choice so as to add new sports activities to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. It authorized the addition of 5 sports activities — baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and browsing — that might add 18 new occasions and 474 athletes to the Summer Games.

The IOC known as the transfer “the most comprehensive evolution” within the historical past of the Olympics. They additionally defined why the governing physique determined to ratify the modifications in a press release.

The 5 sports activities supply a key give attention to youth, which is at the center of the Games imaginative and prescient for Tokyo 2020. They characterize a mixture of well-established and rising sports activities with vital recognition in Japan and past. They embody workforce sports activities and particular person sports activities; indoor sports activities and outside sports activities; and ‘urban’ sports activities with a powerful attraction to youth.

Certainly, there may be some buzz and pleasure about these new additions. Maybe not as a lot as breakdancing, which can debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics, however there may be nonetheless loads of intrigue amongst followers of the Olympics.

We’ve seen baseball and softball at the Olympics earlier than (most just lately in 2008), so we all know what to anticipate there. But what can viewers anticipate from the opposite 4 new sports activities? Here’s an in-depth look at the Olympics’ 4 latest competitions.

MORE: Full schedule, dates, times for all live Olympic events

How many sports activities are within the Olympics?

There are 33 sports activities and 46 disciplines within the official 2021 Olympic program. That consists of 339 complete medal occasions.

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Olympic Karate will include two competitions: Kumite and Kata.

Kumite interprets actually to “grappling hands” and options two opponents squaring off in one-on-one fight. Colloquially, it might be known as “sparring.”

At the Olympics, there can be six gold medals supplied. There can be three winners within the males’s divisions and three within the girls’s divisions. The opponents can be separated by weight courses, that are as follows:


  • Less than 67 kg (147.7 kilos)
  • Less than 75 kg (165.3 kilos)
  • Greater than 75 kg (165.3 kilos)


  • Less than 55 kg (121.3 kilos)
  • Less than 61 kg (134.5 kilos)
  • Greater than 61 kg (134.5 kilos)

There are a number of alternative ways to earn factors within the competitors, and gamers might be awarded one, two or three factors for correct putting method. A 3-point strike comes when a participant his the pinnacle or neck of an opponent with a kick or if a way is used in opposition to a fallen adversary. A two-point shot includes touchdown a kick to the aspect, again, stomach or torso of the opponent. A one-point strike comes for delivering a close-handed punch or strike to the opponent’s head, neck, stomach, aspect, again or torso.

Players should even be managed whereas putting their adversary. They can be warned in the event that they damage their opponent or hit them too laborious. Strikes beneath the belt are forbidden.

As for the Kata competitors that’s primarily based on an indication of offensive and defensive strategies in opposition to a digital opponent. Players earn factors from judges primarily based on their energy and kind. There are 102 katas acknowledged by the World Karate Federation, so opponents should select to carry out a type of routines for the Olympic judges.

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Skateboarding will debut as one of the vital numerous sports activities within the 2021 Olympic area. There is a 46-year-old competitor, Denmark’s Rune Glifberg, and a 12-year-old competitor, Britain’s Sky Brown.

There are two sorts of skateboarding occasions at the 2021 Olympics: park and road. The park competitors will happen on a bowl-like course that options a number of twists and turns. The bowl’s sides are steep at the highest and skaters will look to ship themselves excessive within the air to carry out twists, spins and different methods earlier than touchdown again within the bowl with out falling.

Meanwhile, the road competitors will characteristic straighter, flatter programs with stairs, rails and curbs accessible to make use of. Skateboarders on this competitors will look to get a bit air to permit them to trip and grind alongside the curbs, rails and different obstacles.

How is Olympic skateboarding scored? According to Olympics.com, will probably be judged on a 0-100 level scale. 

In every spherical, the skater’s better of three 45-second runs depend as their closing spherical rating. Five judges use a 0-100.00 level scale. The highest and lowest scores for every run are dropped, and the remaining three scores are averaged to 2 decimal locations ensuing within the closing run rating.

This provides the Olympians some room for error.

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Of all the brand new Olympic sports activities, browsing would be the most troublesome one. Why? Because the situations for the occasion will depend on the climate, together with the wind and tides, at any time.

There are two main sorts of browsing competitions. Some use longboard whereas different use shortboards. For the Tokyo Games, shortboards can be used.

The competitors will characteristic 20 males and 20 girls battling for gold medals. The early rounds characteristic four- or five-person heats whereas the primary spherical will characteristic head-to-head battles the place the loser is eradicated. Surfers can trip a most of 25 waves throughout heats which might be sometimes half-hour, relying on the situations.

Scoring in browsing is subjective. Five judges will grade every trip specializing in diploma of problem, execution of strikes by the surfer, pace, selection and extra. Surfers can’t trip the identical wave. The “right of way” for every wave is decided by which athlete is closest to the height of the wave or whichever athlete has the best precedence within the working order.

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Sport Climbing

OK, I do know what you are considering. What the heck is sport climbing and the way is it completely different than regular climbing?

Sport climbing is a type of rock climbing wherein opponents are connected to everlasting anchors for defense. In different phrases, they’re supported by one thing, often a rope, in case they fall or slip off the construction they’re scaling.

At the Tokyo Olympics, there can be three types of sport climbing competitions. They’re referred to as lead climbing, bouldering and pace climbing.

Speed climbing is self-explanatory. Athletes attempt to scale an object as rapidly as potential with out struggling any falls.

In lead climbing, athletes should scale as a lot of a 15-meter (49.2-feet) wall as they will in a set period of time. The wall will even be at an overhang of 6 meters (19.7 toes).

In bouldering, the purpose is for athletes to beat probably the most obstacles or issues on their routes. They are judged primarily based on the variety of issues overcome on 4.5 meter-high (14.8 toes) buildings in a set time period.

As easy as every of the three types of competitors are, it isn’t simple for an athlete to excel in all three disciplines. British climber Shauna Coxsey had an amusing reply when requested about doing nicely in all three areas.

“It’s a bit like asking Usain Bolt to run a marathon and then do the hurdles,” Coxsey defined to the Olympics News. “No one has really transitioned before. No boulderer has transitioned to speed and lead, and no speed climber has done it to bouldering and lead.”

Soon sufficient we’ll see if any Olympian can do all three successfully to take dwelling a medal in every class.

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