Olympic fever is ramping up (or is that just a symptom of the Zika virus?) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is already looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics. They’ve approved five new sports to debut at the Games in Tokyo.
IOC President Thomas Bach explained that the Games need to take a more “youthful” approach to attracting new fans and participants.
We want to take sport to the youth. With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them.
As a result, the IOC has voted to bring on board surfing, skateboarding, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball (which have been featured unofficially in the past). Bach hopes the new additions will add some excitement for the host country.
Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of establish and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.
Are these new sports positive additions to the Olympic menu? What other sports should be included in the future? Leave your ideas in the comments and don’t forget to watch the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics this Friday at 7.p.m. ET on NBC.