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Four Sports that will be appearing first time in Tokyo Olympics 2020

The official Olympic schedule for 2021 includes 33 sports and 46 categories. Let’s take a look at the new sports that will be appearing for the first time in the 2020 Olympics.

Last updated: 23.07.2021
Four Sports that will be appearing first time in Tokyo Olympics 2020

The official Olympic schedule for 2021 includes 33 sports and 46 categories. There are 339 medal events in total. The International Olympic Committee decided on June 1, 2016, to add additional sports to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing were allowed as new sports. To accommodate the new sports, 18 extra events will be held, with 474 additional competitors competing. New sports are added to the summer and winter Games every four years, while others are retired. Other sports, such as men's and women's three-on-three basketball and BMX freestyle, which is part of the cycling event, have gained new disciplines. In various other sports, such as swimming and track and field, mixed-gender team events have been added. So. 

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the events that will be appearing for the first time in the 2020 Olympics:

1. Surfing

Surfing competitions are divided into two categories. Longboards are used by some, whereas shortboards are used by others. Shortboards will be used in the Tokyo Games. At Shidshita beach, roughly 40 miles outside of Tokyo, surfing will take place on real waves. Both men's and women's categories will be contested. There will be 20 men and 20 women competing for gold medals in this competition. The early rounds will consist of four or five-person heats, while the main round will consist of head-to-head clashes in which the loser will be eliminated. Judges grade them, with a 10.0 being the highest possible score. The aggregate of each athlete's two best scoring waves determines his or her total for the heat.

Athletes to watch: John John Florence, Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Italo Ferreira, and Gabriel Medina

2. Skateboarding

Skateboarding will be featured in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo by both male and female teams, according to a 2016 announcement. Skateboarding will be divided into two categories: park and street. Skating in the park entails skating down a series of ramps that include half pipes, bowls, and quarter pipes. Skating on the street entails skating on a route that includes obstacles such as handrails, benches, stair sets, and boxes that are naturally prevalent in urban contexts. The men's street competition will take place on July 25, while the women's competition will take place on July 26. The women's park competition will take place on August 4, followed by the men's park competition on August 5.

Athletes to watch: Nyjah Huston, Yuto Horigome, Mariah Duran, Misugu Okamoto, Sky Brown, Heimana Reynolds, and Cory Juneau

3. Sport Climbing

Sport climbing is a type of rock climbing that uses permanent anchors anchored to the rock for protection, a rope attached to the climber that is clipped into the anchors to stop a fall or ascending short lengths with a crash pad underneath for protection. It had already been put to the test at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. It will take three forms: bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing, and will be held on artificial climbing walls. The qualifying rounds for men (Aug. 3) and women (Aug. 3) kick off the competition (Aug. 4).

Athletes to watch: Adam Ondra, Tomoa Narasaki, Janja Garnbret

4. Karate

Kumite and Kata will be the two competitions in Olympic Karate. Karate joins the Olympic event with other martial arts such as judo, boxing, wrestling, and tae kwon do. The sparring discipline of Kumite will be divided into three weight classes for men and women. Kata is the form of discipline, and both men and women will compete in one event. Athletes in the Kumite sport are divided into weight classes and compete in bouts against one another. Kata is a form demonstration in which skills and movements are graded.

Athletes to watch: Damián Quintero, Sandra Sánchez, Ryo Kiyuna, Kiyou Shimizu, Steve Da Costa, Angelo Crescenzo, Rafael Aghayev, Anzhelika Terliuga, Jovana Prekovic and Yin Xiaoyan

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