In Tokyo, baseball / softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing are five new or new sports on the Olympic program.
Five sports are new to the program at the Olympics in Tokyo. The idea behind it is to make the Olympic Games more attractive again for the younger audience.
Baseball / softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing – these are the five summer sports in which Olympic medals will be awarded for the first time (or again) in 2021. Interesting: With baseball / softball and karate, there are also two sports that are particularly popular in the host country Japan.
For men’s baseball and softball for women, it’s a comeback. Both sports were Olympic until 2008 – softball since 1996, baseball since 1992. Japan and the USA are favorites for both sexes.
In 2016 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the approval of karate for the Summer Games in Japan. Apparently, the sport is no longer planned for the Olympic Games in Paris. With Elena Quirici a Swiss athlete is also at the premiere – and Dernière – at the start. The sport will be dropped from the program again in 2024.
The skater scene views the inclusion of their sport in the Olympic program with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the representatives fear the commercialization of the sport, on the other hand, the athletes are looking forward to representing their country and their sport in front of a large television audience.
The sports climber
This addition to the program is particularly good news for Switzerland. In the combination of the disciplines speed, bouldering and lead, Petra Klingler, a Swiss athlete, belongs to the extended group of medal contenders.
For the surfers, the Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo is the destination of the trip. The competitions will be held on two days and in the shortboard category.