Baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have all been added to the Tokyo 2020 programme, it was confirmed yesterday in Lausanne.
The decision was made in a single vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members at the session in Rio.
“We want to take sport to the youth,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
Presidents of all the five sport said that the Olympics have been their dream for a long time, and now the hard work has finally paid off.
“We have a real vision around what these new sports will add to the mix for Tokyo 2020, and it’s a vision that isn’t just limited to these five sports but what we want the Olympic programme to do, what we want sport to be in the future of the Olympic Games,” said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell.
“This is fantastic and a historical moment for the Olympic Movement!” stated AIMS President and SportAccord Vice President Stephan Fox who was there to congratulate the 5 presidents along with AIMS Secretary General Gerhard Zimmermann. The President and Secretary General of AIMS were there at the 129th IOC Session in Rio, to congratulate the President of all sports in Rio, SportAccord President, Patrick Baumann and most definitely ARISF President Rafaelle Chiulli on the fantastic news.
To Baseball and Softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sport climbing and Surfing congratulations and best wishes in Tokyo 2020.