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Olympics 2020 New Sports and Removed Sports


In 1896, the Summer Olympics officially known as Games of the Olympiad happened in Athens as the first international Olympic Games in history.

For the first time, nine sports were contested in the competitions, and from then several sports as well as events have been added and also removed from this Program. Only five sports in the Summer Olympic Games’ history have been featured in every other summer Olympic Games since 1896; they include Athletics, Swimming Cycling, Gymnastics, and Fencing.

The 2012 Summer Olympics had 26 sports, in 2016 there were 28 contested sports, and the 2020 Olympics is scheduled for 33 games including:

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Football or soccer, Boxing, Basketball, Archery, Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting, Equestrian, Golf, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Canoe,Kayak, Fencing, Hockey, Modern Shooting, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Cycling, Surfing, Rugby 7s, Handball, strongKarate, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Track & Field, Baseball and Softball, Indoor and beach volleyball, Pentathlon, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Gymnastics – Trampolining, Artistic, and Rhythmic, Aquatics – swimming, water polo, and diving/synchronized swimming

Additionally, there other recognized sports that could be contested in the coming future. Among the 33 sports listed above, five new sports have been introduced in the program; these are, sport climbing, baseball and softball, skateboarding surfing, and karate. This will bring in 474 new athletes as well as 18 new events to the 2020 Olympic Program.

New Events and Sports

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Games is on the next level, with the most gender-balanced Olympic Winter Games to date as well as the most female athletes and women events than all the previous Games. This comes with the addition of seven new events including:

  • ski jumping
  • men and women freestyle skiing big air
  • women’s monobob
  • snowboard cross
  • freestyle skiing aerials

and mixed team events short-track speed skating team relay.

Sports that have been added recently to the list that will be contested in 2020 Olympic Games include; baseball and softball, karate, golf added since 2016, climbing, roller sport, and surfing and rugby union added since 2016. Hopefully, the 2020 games will have spots for:

  • squash
  • washu
  • bowling
  • cricket
  • dancing
  • wakeboard
  • netball sports

Discontinued Sports and Events

Since 1896, approximately twelve sports have vanished from this Olympic Games Program. These sports include; Baseball, Lacrosse, Pelota, Croquet, Tug-of-war, Jeu de Paume, Roque, Rackets, Motorboating, Polo, Softball & Cricket.

There are also Winter Olympics sports and events that have been dropped from the Program altogether previously. Baseball and softball were discontinued in 2012 games for the first time in 69 years.

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Latest Changes in the Olympics Program

The Baseball and Softball sports were dropped after the 2008 Olympics. Later in 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted in harmony for these two sports to the Program for Rio 2016 Olympics. They had seven games to choose from including: golf, karate, softball, rugby union, roller sports, baseball and squash, and they golf and rugby union.

Additionally, there are other possible new sports for the Olympic Games in the future. With wrestling dropped in 2013 for the main games, and others such as: baseball and softball, wakeboard karate, squash, climbing, roller sport, and wushu to bidding to gain a place in the Program for 2020.

The International Olympic Committee cut karate, wakeboarding, roller sports, sport climbing, and wushu from the program in May 2013 leaving wrestling and baseball-softball and squash to be shortlisted. In September 2013, wrestling was voted as one of the 2020 Olympic Program sports. In 2015, the IOC further voted to have more sports.

Final Words

It’s going to be the first time in history that a city is hosting both the Winter and Summer Games. The Beijing 2022 Olympic Games will be held in February 2022, a time when Chinese will be celebrating the New Year or Spring Festival, marking a significant holiday in China.

The residents will be welcoming athletes and fans from all over the world for the Olympic Games as well as Chinese New Year festivities, the beautiful cultures of Yanqing, Zhangjiakou, and Beijing and the iconic scenery.

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