What are the new sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Skateboarding, surfing and climbing rules explained
The Olympics are the perfect opportunity for any sports fan to sit back and watch hours and hours of exciting, scary and truly amazing moments.
Whether it’s watching the fastest men and women run 100m in under ten seconds, staring in disbelief at a triple axis in ice skating, or wondering how the heck the athletes decided to go for it. the sport of pole vaulting, there is something for everyone.
And this year will attract a whole new wave of fans with the introduction of five new sports to the Olympics.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the sports that will be appearing at Tokyo 2020 this summer.
Olympic karate will consist of two types of events. Kumite, a combat discipline, sees two fighters face off in a three-minute fight.
The competition has three weight categories and athletes receive points for the techniques used.
The other event is called Kata – which means “form” or “model” – and is played solo.
Competitors will be judged on a series of pre-approved choreographed offensive and defensive moves.
Men and women will compete in both types of karate with 60 competitors in Kumite and 20 in Kata.
Sky Brown of Team GB is among the favorites to win skateboard gold
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Skateboarding comes in two formats: street and park.
Competitors run individually and are ranked for the overall level of difficulty and originality of their routines.
Both are one-on-one street skateboarding events requiring athletes to tackle obstacles including rails, stairs, sidewalks, benches, walls, and slopes to demonstrate their tricks within a set amount of time.
The skate park will take place on a hollowed-out course where skaters climb curves at high speed to perform tricks in the air, accompanied by music.
Surfers are hoping for perfect weather conditions and the biggest waves to show off their skills and tricks in the ocean this summer.
Each round normally lasts 30 minutes where surfers are allowed to ride a maximum of 25 waves, and their top two waves will count towards their heat total.
Catching the biggest wave isn’t always a guaranteed winner as it comes down to who can present the most dynamic range of maneuvers and impress the jury.
Sport climbing will be present for the first time at the Olympic Games this summer
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There will be three climbing formats at Tokyo 2020; speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing – all of which take place on artificial climbing walls.
Climbers must be experts in all three areas, with the gold medal going to the climber with the highest cumulative score.
Speed climbing involves two climbers running a fixed route over a 15m wall with men and women competing on identical routes. These events can take as little as six seconds in some cases!
As a boulder, climbers must climb a certain number of fixed routes on a 4 m wall in a given time and it is a question of covering the greatest number of routes in that time period.
The lead climb sees competitors attempt to climb as high as possible on a 15m overhanging wall within six minutes and whoever climbs to the highest point wins.
Baseball / Softball
Baseball became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, but was last played in 2008 in Beijing before being discontinued.
This summer he is making his comeback with competitive men in baseball and women in softball.
They both have the same format, with the team doing the most runs hitting the ball before running around the goal to reach the winner’s home plate.
In baseball, the pitcher throws over the arms, while he throws it under the arms in softball.
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