The recommended bundle — which likewise consists of karate, sports climbing up and baseball/softball– provides “a crucial concentrate on youth” and represents “a mix of reputable and emerging sports with considerable appeal in Japan and beyond,” the IOC stated in a release.
Last year, after the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee suggested including the 5 sports, famous skateboarder Tony Hawk called it an interesting possibility.
“This is not just a excellent chance for our sport and the skaters , however likewise for the Games,” he spokened. “It is now more crucial than ever to protect the special culture of skateboarding makings our sport pertinent and so attractive.”
Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, stated the addition of baseball and softball– which would each function 6 groups of 24 professional athletes — would be”the greatest and most interesting worldwide competitors in the history of our sport.”
If the bundle gets last approval, karate would include female and male occasions for kata also as kumite. Sports climbing up would consist of female and male competitors in 2 different occasions– bouldering and speed and lead integrated.
The IOC stated Tuesday that the bundle “ promotes gender equality … while likewise concentrating on amazing and ingenious sports for Japan and the larger worldwide neighborhood.”