In an announcement made earlier today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature 15 more new events as well as the number of athletes that will participate will get reduce.
The rise in the number of events is a step towards achieving gender balance at the Olympic Games.
Last year, five new sports, namely baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding, were already added to Tokyo Olympics 2020, making the sport count to 33 compared to Rio Olympics’ 28. 15 more events have been added to the previous 28 sports, a development that will add a new dynamic to the Olympics.
The main purpose of including more sports is to improve gender equality, apart from improving youth and urban appeal towards the biggest sporting event on the planet.
A statement on the official website of the Olympic Games read: “The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the event programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The decision marks a key milestone in the evolution of the Olympic programme by introducing youth and urban innovations, significantly improving gender equality, and reducing the overall number of athletes hence reducing the Games’ footprint.“
The decision will surely reduce the number of participants in the Tokyo Games as well as see the highest number of female participation in Olympic history. The number of mixed events in the Tokyo Games will also increase from nine in the Rio Olympics to 18.
The increase in events will see the highest rise in Swimming, Cycling and Fencing, while the highest decrease in the quota of athletes will be effected in Athletics, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
There will also be a mixed relay in the Triathlon, a mixed 4×400 metres relay in athletics and a mixed doubles in table tennis.
Indian women, who outplayed men in Rio Olympics as the measures towards gender balance in Olympics is an opportunity for celebration for fans of Indian sports as there will be increased opportunities to boost India’s medal haul in Tokyo.