The New Sports And Events For The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Part 2)


Four Olympic medals are now ready for grabs in basketball with the addition events of the 3-on-3 variant, which includes teams of four athletes to compete. 3×3 is a half-court competition with a single basket. Shots inside the arc are counted one point and shots from outside are counted two points. The first team to get 21 points wins, or the team leading at the end of the 10-minute regulation time wins. 3×3 made its first debut at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and now has it has become official FIBA World Cup. The U.S. female team won gold medal at the 2014 Youth Games, and two of the players from that team are now on the female national team.


Boxing advocate for greater gender equality in 2020 as the number of male boxers weight divisions reduce from 10 to eight and female boxers increases from three to five. Women’s boxing made its first Olympic debut since 2012, and Team USA has since awarded three medals. Claressa Shields won the middleweight gold medal in both Olympic 2012 and Olympic 2016.


Gender equality was also an issue in canoe/kayak, concern by many people especially when three women’s events have been added and three events dropped for men. In sprint, women’s C1 200-meter and C2 500-meter are added (one- and two-person canoeing, respectively), while men’s K2 200 (doubles kayak) and C1 200 will be cut. The only new event for men is the K4 500 (means four-person kayaking). In slalom, women’s C1 makes its first Olympic debut, and men’s C2 will be dropped. 


BMX racing was added at the Beijing Games in 2008, but BMX park, which is included at X Games and on the UCI world cup circuit, makes its first appearance in 2020. A park course is used for both skateboarding and BMX, in which riders have three timed runs to put together their performance routine for the judges.

On the track, Madison cycling returns to the program after having been removed following the 2008 Games. In Madison, pairs of riders race each other over a preset distance, switching back and forth between racing and resting.