Baseball, softball to return to Summer Olympics in 2020 | Fox News

Aug. 2, 2016: The Olympic doughnuts atop the beach volleyball venue stand against clouds moving in over Copacabana Beach ahead of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ( AP Photo/ David Goldman)

Olympic governors approved the add-on of five boasts to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, including the proceed of baseball-softball and the coming into effect of youth-oriented incidents such as skateboarding and surfing.

The International Olympic Committee voted to accept the five-sport container, which also includes karate and boast climbing.

The five, which were proposed for inclusion last year by Tokyo organizers, were approved unanimously by the IOC members.

Under new IOC regulations, local organizers can propose the inclusion of at least one additional boast for their recreations. Wednesday’s approval was for the Tokyo Games only.

The new boasts will include 18 incidents and 474 athletes to the program. The Tokyo Games will now aspect 33 boasts and about 11,000 athletes, compared to the usual number of 28 boasts and 10,500 athletes.

The IOC said the container presents a mix of the traditional and youth-focused sports.

“This will help make video games one of the most innovative recreations in its own history, ” IOC vice president John Coates said.

While baseball and softball both highly popular in Japan will be returning after a 16 -year absence, the other boasts will be making such a Olympic debuts.

Baseball and softball have been off the Olympic program since the 2008 Beijing Game. The 2 are repudiated in disconnected attempts to render for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, so they combined thrusts to put forward a single bid for inclusion in Tokyo.

Baseball was a full part of the Olympic program from 1992 to 2008, with softball joining in 1996. The IOC voted them both out in 2005.

Baseball will have a six-team tournament in Tokyo, short of the eight-team format being pursued by the representatives from the sport’s international federation. Women’s softball will likewise have six teams.

Skateboarding will have street and common incidents, and aspect 80 athletes 40 men as well as 40 ladies. In climbing, 40 challengers will take part in the disciplines of rush, bouldering and conduct( also known as boast ). Karate will have 80 athletes rivalling in men’s and women’s Kumite and Kata incidents, while channel-surf will have two shortboard incidents for 40 competitors.

Organizers hope skateboarding will catch on with worldwide observers as halfpipe in snowboarding did in the Winter Olympics.

“There are more participants in skateboarding than most boasts so I feel like they( the Olympics) necessary our credibility and they need our excitement tier in their Summer Game, ” skateboarding icon Tony Hawk said recently.

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