The Olympic Council of Asia has added karate, sport climbing, baseball and softball to the sports programme for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
OCA officials announced the additions after a Coordination Committee meeting at the end of a two-day visit to Hangzhou. The new sports add to 37 already on the programme:
Aquatics (open water swimming, water polo, artistic swimming, diving and swimming), archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, board games (Chinese chess, go, chess), boxing, canoeing (dragon boat, canoe slalom, canoe sprint), cricket, cycling (BMX, mountain bike, road, track), equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics), handball, hockey, judo, jujitsu, kabaddi, kurash, modern pentathlon, roller sports (roller skating, skateboarding), rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, sepaktakraw, shooting, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
The OCA said the number of disciplines and events within the sports has still to be finalised.
The games will take place across 51 venues in nine clusters. Athletes will be accommodated in a main Asian Games Village as well as four satellite villages.
OCA officials were bullish following the Hangzhou visit, predicting that the 2022 Asian Games would be the best ever and declaring that Asia was leading the world in terms of hosting multi-sport events.
“We have had a very fruitful two days’ visit,” chairman of the OCA Coordination Committee, Raja Randhir Singh, said. “The presentations were totally thorough, right down to the detail.
“We have three years to go and we feel that Asia as a continent is the leader in organising sports worldwide. There is no doubt that the world is looking at Asia.
OCA director general Husain Al Musallam said: “We have no doubt that the Hangzhou Asian Games will be the best ever Asian Games. We have no doubt that we will deliver a high standard of Games and a high level of preparation.
“A lot of sports started in Asia and went to the Olympic Games, such as table tennis and judo. We are proud of what we are doing and proud of our achievements.”
The visit included a venue tour, a three-year countdown ceremony, and the presentation of 10 reports from the organising committee HAGOC.
The next OCA Coordination Committee meeting for the event is in March 2020.
The 2022 Asian Games is the 19th edition of the event, and will take place on September 10-25.