If you’ve been experiencing withdrawals as the Women’s World Cup ended last month, there is some good news: The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are only less than one year away with four brand new sports. While swimming, track and field, and gymnastics usually steal the show, there are even more events to watch in 2020.
Fittingly, karate is a martial art which originated in Okinawa during the Ryukyu Dynasty. Karate will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, joining taekwondo, judo, and wrestling. It consists of both men and women disciplines: kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).
Skateboarding is a sport that is relegated to the streets of southern California and mostly niche competitions. It is making its Olympic debut, bringing a dash of street culture to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Olympic skateboarding will include two events: park and street.
In the Olympics, the sport climbing of men and women will include three disciplines: bouldering, speed climbing, and lead climbing.
Although climbers compete in these three disciplines separately in World Cup competition, each Olympic climber will have to participate in each one and final rankings will be determined by combined scores.
Men and women shortboard competitors will hit Shidashita Beach on Pacific coast of Japan in 2020. Four athletes will compete at a time, with each heat lasting about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the waves’ quality. During that period of time, each wave can only have one rider. The athletes are judged on the difficulty of the maneuvers that they perform instead of being judged on how many waves they catch. And masterful execution on large waves will bring the highest scores. An athlete’s 2 highest scores count, with the 2 surfers at the top of the rankings moving on to the next round.
Besides these four brand new sports, two sports, including men’s baseball and women’s softball, will return to the Summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo after being absent from the last two Summer Olympics.