Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee approved the addition of five sports to be contested in Tokyo 2020. The sports include baseball & softball, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and karate, as the Committee attempt to appeal to a younger audience.
The IOC President Thomas Bach said “We want to take sport to the youth” and has made the IOC’s intentions clear by adding skateboarding, which is the latest in sports lending itself to young people, following BMX.
Baseball is perhaps the biggest sport to be making a return, and those in charge of the MLB will have decisions to make when it comes to what calibre of players will be sent to Tokyo. The Olympics fall in the middle of MLB’s 162 game schedule and the commissioner, Rob Manfred, has a dilemma on how to approach the event, whether to send college aged players, or to have a mid-season break.
Despite the headache, Manfred has welcomed the news: “Baseball and softball are global sports that belong in the Olympics, we are grateful to the IOC Executive Board, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation for their collective efforts, which will allow fans throughout the world to again enjoy baseball and softball at the Olympic stage”
These sports are only guaranteed for Tokyo and therefore could be abandoned for the 2024 Olympics if not accepted, but if a success, the IOC will likely love to carry it.
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