Tokyo 2020 Olympic ; IOC Board approves Karate, four other sports

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Karate, Baseball and softball, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing have all been recommended for inclusion at Tokyo 2020 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.

All five were approved in exactly the same form as they were first proposed by Japanese organisers last year.

It means 18 new events and 474 new athletes will appear on the Olympic programme.

A final decision is due to be made by the IOC membership during the Session in Rio de Janeiro in August.

This is expected to be a formality, however.

Six-team tournaments have been proposed in men’s baseball and women’s softball, which were axed after Beijing 2008, with baseball squads set to number 24 and softball 15.

Sixty karatekas would compete across six kumite sparring and two kata demonstration categories, while 40 athletes would compete in bouldering and lead and speed combined climbing.

Forty athletes would also participate in men’s and women’s shortboard surfing, as well as in men and women’s street and park skateboarding events.

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