2020 Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee recently announced a net increase of 15 new events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
IOC announced plans to make 2020 Olympics more youthful and urban. More emphasis is also being put on introducing more events for female competitors.
Mixed relays in athletics and swimming will make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with men and women competing against each other in 4x400m on the track and 4x100m free style in the pool.
The International Olympic Committee is attempting to shrug off its stuffy image and connect with a younger audience by also introducing three on three basketball and freestyle BMX.
Other new additions announced include sport climbing and skate boarding.
A mixed team relay was also added in triathlon, along with mixed team events in judo and archery and a mixed double competition in table tennis.
While 15 new events were added for the Games, there will be a reduction of 285 athletes, including 105 in track and field.
A total of 48.8% of the Tokyo 2020 quotas will be female, a record, compared with 46.1% at Rio 2016.
With the introduction of women’s canoe for 2020, canoe kayak will achieve gender equity.
Other events confirmed to be included are surfing, baseball and softball, and karate added in the Tokyo program.
In total, there will be 18 mixed events in 2020. Compared to just nine last year. Sporting federations will be allowed to blend male and female athletes in table tennis, cycling, judo, archery and fencing.
If all goes according to plan, visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be awestruck before the sporting contests even begin.
Attendees will be shuttles around the city by self-driving taxis. They’ll enter a newly built national stadium with the swipe of a pass, get verified by facial recognition software and be guided to their seats in one of the 10 languages on a smartphone app. They may gaze up at the night sky from anywhere in Tokyo to see an artificial meteor shower show unfolding 50 miles above their hands.