Surfing, skateboarding, and rock climbing are among the super cool events that we'll be watching in Tokyo

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Updated: August 08, 2016
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The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are in full swing, but we're already totally pumped for the next Summer Games in 2020. Why? Because you'll have five new sports to watch! The International Olympic Committee just announced they are adding five super-fun, incredibly athletic sports to the competition roster.

Skateboarding, surfing, rock climbing, karate, and softball will be making their Olympic debut four years from now in Tokyo. Calling it "the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic program in modern history," the IOC added 18 events to the schedule, which gives nearly 500 more athletes a chance at competing on the world's biggest stage. (Get to know these First-Time #TeamUSA to Look Out for In Rio.) "Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games," said IOC president Thomas Bach, in the press release. And don't worry, none of the current events were cut, so all your favorites will still be there.

The committee says the change comes partly from a desire to get more young people interested in the Olympics. In the past couple of decades, extreme sports competitions like The X Games, America Ninja Warrior, and the CrossFit Games have become the younger, cooler athletic events.

"We want to take sport to the youth," said Bach. "With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them."

Whatever the reason, five more sports means five more reasons to watch the most inspiring athletes give everything they have for a chance to stand on that podium.


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