Surfing is planned to make its debut in the upcoming olympics for the first time ever. The surfing events will take place forty miles away from Tokyo, at Shidshita beach on Japan's pacific coast. There will be two competitions with twenty men and twenty women in each, and they will each use a four person heat structure, in which four ppeople will compete at a time, and the two best will move on to the next round. Scores will be determined by a panel of judges, who will base their decisions on the difficulty of moves.
Sport Climbing, or rock climbing, will be included for the first time, as the sport is estimated to be growing in popularity. The olympics will include both men and women's events, both with twenty competitors, and three different rock climbing events: speed climbing, bouldering, and lead climbing. Speed climbing includes two climbers racing up a fixed fifteen meter route, and is very quick and fast paced. Bouldering consists of climbers climbing up a four meter routes, referred to as problems, with no ropes or harness, and the climber with the lowest amount of attempts wins. Lastly, leading requires climbers to climb as high as possible within six minutes, and whoever is the highest wins.
Skateboarding will be added to the 2020 Olympics for the first time, and will include two events: park and street. In the street event, which includes rails, curbs, benches, and walls, competitors show off skills and are judged based off of difficulty, height, speed, and originality of tricks. The park event includes a hollowed out course with many curves, and judges competitor's tricks based difficulty, originality, and execution.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will see Karate for the first time, and include eighty athletes. It will include two types, kata, or forms, and kumite, or sparring. there will be both men and women's events for both types, and kumite will include three weight classes for each. Kata consists of athletes performing a series of movements, and they are then scored on a set criteria. Kumite on the other hand consists of two competitors sparring against one another.
Both baseball and softball will be returning to the olympics this year after being absent since the 2008 olympics. The sport was added back after the International Olympic Committee carried out the tradition of offering the host country a proposal for additional events. Given the sports rising popularity in Japan, the country proposed that it should be added back.
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