5 New Sports to Be Excited About at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Last year, the entire world was burning in football fever ahead of (and during) the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. After a year of relaxation, though, next year comes with a big sports moment for the fans of many other sports: the 2020 Summer Olympics, hosted by Japan. Before turning away, know that football is also an Olympic sport – with some restrictions, like the maximum age of male players (23, with only three exceptions allowed).
The national teams of France, Germany, Romania, Spain, New Zealand, Egypt, Ivory Coast, South Africa, and the host Japan have already qualified for the competition. But we don’t watch the Olympics for football (albeit the matches are, indeed, great) but for the many other sports. And next year, there will be several new and exciting sports that we’ll have the chance to see there.
So mark the date on your calendar – July 24, 2020 – and keep an eye on the Betway app because you’ll have these exciting sports to follow during the event for the first time in history.
Baseball and Softball
Baseball and softball are two typical American sports, so much so that people in other countries usually say they don’t understand them at all. They were both Olympic sports until 2008 when they were removed from the roster. Baseball was removed because the leading American league, the Major League Baseball, refused to allow its players to play in the Olympics due to scheduling – the Summer Olympics take place in the summer, obviously, during the late MLB season in the US.
Considering how popular baseball and softball are in Japan, the sports will return to the Olympics next year, after more than a decade of hiatus.
Skateboarding is a very popular activity in many countries in the world but many refuse to see it as a true sport. But next year, when the first athlete wins the Olympic gold in skateboarding, they will have to change their opinion about them.
Skateboarding will be present in two disciplines at the 2020 Summer Olympics: Park (involving skating over a series of ramps, half pipes, bowls, and such), and Street (involving obstacles that are normally found in an urban environment). Skaters from all over the world will get the chance to show the public their skills for the first time in history.
There are several martial arts among the Olympic sports – Judo, Boxing, and Taekwondo, for example. Surprising as it may sound, karate was not among them, even though it is a very popular form of martial arts around the world.
At the next edition of the Summer Olympics, in turn, it will be. Karateka from all over the world will compete in two disciplines: “Kumite”, the sparring discipline, and “Kata”, the form discipline of karate. As opposed to the World Championship, there will only be three weight categories at the Olympics.
Rock climbing and its urban sister wall climbing are seen as a bit of an extreme sport by many, who consider it a free time activity rather than a true sport. Sport climbing, in turn, is – and starting next year, it is an Olympic one. Athletes from all over the globe will compete in three disciplines: bouldering, a technical variant where they will climb walls without ropes, lead climbing, climbing a designated route while attached to ropes, and speed climbing, that will involve either beating the time of the opponents or reaching a higher spot on the wall than the opponent before ultimately falling down.
Surfing is another sport that is seen as a way of life rather than a sport. Unlike the sports above, this event will not be held at a stadium – the athletes will compete at the Shidshita beach instead, about 40 miles outside Tokyo. There will be categories for male and female surfers, and a team of judges will grade their performance based on their tricks’ variety, difficulty level, speed, power, and flow