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IOC approves venues for new Olympic sports

The International Olympic Committee Executive Board has approved venues for baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing at the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games.

The five sports were added to the programme on the request of the organising committee for the Games.

The main venue for the baseball and softball competitions will be the Yokohama Stadium, which was built in 1978, while karate events will be held at the Nippon Budokan, which is already hosting judo competitions in 2020.

Skateboarding and sport climbing events will take place in Aomi Urban Sports Venue, a temporary venue that has Tokyo Bay as a backdrop. Meanwhile surfing competitions will be located on the Tsurigasaki Beach at the southern end of the Kujukuri Beach in Chiba prefecture.

The organising committee said that a total of 39 venues would be used during the Games, with eight being new facilities, 22 being existing sites and nine being temporary venues.

Tokyo 2020 added that although the Ariake Arena was approved by the Executive Board in June 2015 as the venue for the volleyball competition, it is currently under review by a four-party working group, with a decision scheduled by the end of 2016.

Additionally the organising committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation are currently discussing the potential for an extra venue to be used in Fukushima.