The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today supported the proposal to add the package of five new sports (baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing) to the programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, including the 40 athletes (20 W/20M) in Sport Climbing's proposal.
If approved at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in August, the change would be the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history.
The package of five sports will now be submitted to the IOC Session.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 proposed the new sports in response to the new flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, to encourage innovation in the Olympic Programme. Olympic Agenda 2020 gives host cities the option of suggesting new sports and events for inclusion in their edition of the Games.
The package promotes gender equality while also focusing on innovative and exciting sports for Japan and the wider international community. It also offers a key focus on youth, which is at the heart of the Games vision for Tokyo 2020.
Marco Maria Scolaris, IFSC President, expresses his satisfaction: "We are very pleased to reach a new step and are looking forward to the final hold of our unbelievable climb."
More information on the IOC's website.