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IOC approves Tokyo 2020 sports programme

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today (Friday) approved the sports programme for the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo, Japan – an event the body has said will showcase youth and urban innovations and promote gender equality.

The Tokyo 2020 programme will lead to a net increase of 15 events and an overall reduction of 285 athletes from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2020 Games will see the highest representation of female athletes in Olympic history, while the number of mixed events will also double from nine in Rio to 18 in Tokyo
Five new sports – baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing – had already been confirmed as new disciplines for Tokyo 2020 and the IOC has today announced details of a number of other events.

The 3×3 discipline of basketball will be showcased at a Games for the first time, while a 4x400m mixed relay athletics event and a mixed team relay triathlon race have also been added.

In swimming, a men’s 800m, women’s 1500m and 4×100 medley mixed relay have all been added. A mixed team event will also be held in archery and judo.

In boxing, two men’s events have been transferred to two women’s events, while in canoeing, three men’s competitions have been transferred to three women’s competitions.

Two more BMX freestyle park events have been added, along with two Madison track cycling events. Two team events have also been added in fencing.

In rowing, one men’s event has been transferred to a women’s event, while in sailing, a mixed multihull event has been replaced by a mixed foiling multihull competition.

Three men’s shooting events have been transferred to mixed events, while an additional mixed doubles tennis competition has also been added.

Finally, one men’s weightlifting category has been cut from the programme.

IOC president Thomas Bach (pictured) said: “The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.”

The International Federations of four sports – canoe, rowing, shooting and weightlifting – will move to gender-balanced in events for the first time. In terms of athletes, six IFs – canoe, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting and weightlifting – will move to gender balance for the first time. At discipline level, gender balance is achieved in BMX racing, mountain bike and freestyle wrestling.

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said: “With the new events confirmed today, and with the five new sports and 18 new events that were added last year, I believe that the Olympic Games have become much closer to president Bach's vision, which is for a Games more appealing to young people.

"During the process, I showed Tokyo 2020's determination to minimise costs. I'd like to express my appreciation to president Bach and vice-president (John) Coates for putting together such an amazing event programme."