Tokyo Olympics: What you need to know
What are the new sports and events?
Baseball and softball are back after a 13-year absence. New sports are karate, surfing, and climbing Skiing Oh mono.
Additionally, some new events have been added for traditional sports, including 3×3 Basketball And Madison cycling, a two-person team event. Many sports will add relays and other mixed-team competitions, including track, swimming, triathlon, archery, and table tennis.
What is the sport of climbing?
An event where athletes race by climbing different types of walls. Specialties are speed, Boulder (Climbing block) and Leadership (difficulty).
Will there really be browse?
Yes, in the ocean off Shidashita Beach, about 40 miles from Tokyo. The waves will be much smaller than some of the most popular in places like Tahiti, Hawaii, and Australia. Surfers will be able to show off their movements and skills more than big waves.
What events were removed?
Although wrestling was eliminated at some point in the 2020 games, it was eventually joined, so no sport is lost. Some men’s events have been suppressed in various sports in favor of women’s events to bring the games closer to gender parity.
How do you decide which events are added or removed?
The International Olympic Committee selects the sports included in the Olympiad. The committee looks for sports that are universally popular and tries to make different regions have few sports in which they can be successful. Gender equality has also been a major concern of the committee for several decades, and as evidence of this, this century has added female competitions to sports such as boxing and wrestling.
Will Russia participate?
Yes and no. After evidence of state-subsidized doping emerged at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in December 2019, Russia was banned from international sport for four years, although that ban was later cut in half.
Similar to the 2018 Olympics, some Russian athletes without a history of doping will be allowed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, but will not formally represent their country. They will be registered with a title to be decided, which is similar to “neutral Russian athletes”. The Russian anthem will not be sung and the Russian flag will not be displayed.
Russian athletes can compete individually and collectively, if they meet the criteria; For example, Russia has qualified the women’s water polo team.
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