Four sports will make their debut at the 2020 Olympic Games for the first time ever. And luckily for the Australian fan and athletes as they have a huge chance at winning the gold medals in almost all of them.
To embrace and honor the youth culture to the world most prestigious tournament, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the official sports list to be compete in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in which karate, baseball and softball, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing made their names to the list. Karate makes its first ever appearance in 2020, while baseball and softball will return after Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Surfing makes its Olympic debut next year in Shidashita Beach on Japan’s Pacific coast. Four athletes compete at a time, and won’t be judged on how many waves they catch but on the difficulty of the maneuvers they perform. Athlete can master large waves bringing the highest scores. Two surfers with the highest scores moving on to the next round.
Skateboarding is making its Olympic debut with two events: park and street. The street course would replicate street skating, featuring with stairs, ramps and rails that allow riders to perform their tricks. Athletes will perform three timed and are scored on the difficulty of their tricks, speed, height and so on. The highest-scoring is taken into consideration for overall rankings.
The park event takes place on a bowl-shaped course, in which riders use the inclines to build momentum and perform tricks. Athletes will be judged on difficulty and originality, among other things.
In the Olympics, sport climbing will consist of three disciplines: speed, bouldering and lead climbing. In speed climbing, two athletes race each other with a secure rope on a fixed route to the top of a 15-meter wall of obstacles including tiny holds and overhangs.
In bouldering, climbers must compete ascending a 4-meter high wall as they can within 4 minutes without safety ropes while in lead climbing, athletes must compete climbing as high as they can on a 15-meter high wall within 6 minutes with safety ropes.
Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa in which athletes demonstrate a series of offensive and defensive movements against the opponent and are judged on strength, speed, rhythm, balance and power. The athletes earn the most points at the end of the match or the first person to amass an eight-point lead is declared the winner.
After being absent from the last two Summer Olympics, baseball and softball return to the summer Olympic Games. The two games are competed in the same manner with only a few differences in term of the ball played and the ground.