The Most Modern and Technological Olympic Games in History
Since its designation as the new venue after Rio 2016, Tokyo and the Japanese Government have focused on preparing the most modern and technological Olympic Games in history. In addition, these Olympics promise to be special because among the new sports were some of the most groundbreaking disciplines of recent decades.
The new date of the Olympics in July 2021 preserve the traditional disciplines and those new ones that have fought for recognition in Tokyo 2021.
These are the new sports that will be present:
Surfing: one of the most groundbreaking bets of the Games along with skateboarding. In Tokyo we will see 20 men and 20 women in short board competition who will participate in Tsurigasaki Beach, located in the town of Ichinomiya, southeast of Tokyo, measuring their skills by a scoring system when riding the waves.
Skateboarding: the second great test called to capture the attention of the younger public. There will be 40 men and 40 women competing in a street mode and another two in a closed park.
Karate: a sport that the organizing committee has fought for especially to be there. In it, 10 women and 10 men will fight for the medals in kata (series of movements) and combat, which will be divided into three weight categories.
Sport climbing: another of the most groundbreaking novelties, with 20 men and 20 women in combined bouldering events (rock climbing up to 8 meters high), speed and route opening.
Baseball and softball: as we said, these two sports – baseball only for men and softball only in the women’s category – had already been present in the games from the end of the 90s to Beijing 2008. The doubts are in whether the best players in the United States will finally participate. Unidos, with whose professional league the IOC has not yet managed to sign an agreement.