Karate, 4 other sports get IOC nod for Tokyo 2020

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Karate, Baseball and softball, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have all been added to the Tokyo 2020 programme, it was confirmed here today.

The decision, made in a single vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, had been widely expected, although the ratification came after the raising of several concerns and criticisms of the process.

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

A total of 60 karatekas are set compete in six kumite sparring and two kata demonstration categories, and 40 athletes are scheduled to take part in bouldering and lead and speed combined climbing.

IOC members showed more dissent than expected, however, in questioning the choice of the sports as well as the format of those selected.

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

The five sports will receive no share of the revenue at Tokyo 2020, the IOC have confirmed, with this to be distributed between only the 28 sports due to appear on the programme at Rio 2016.

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