Three exciting newsports to follow at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tuesday January 14 2020

One of the biggest sporting events of the year 2020 is coming: the Olympic Torch will be lit on March 12 in Olympia, Greece, then travel across the globe to reach Tokyo on July 24 to mark the beginning of the event. The slogan of this year's Olympic torch relay is "Hope Lights Our Way" - a very inspired choice. This will be the 32nd edition of the Summer Olympics, with 206 nations expected to send their best athletes to Tokyo to compete in 50 disciplines of 33 sports, and 339 events. In recent years, many have complained that the Olympic Games have lost a lot of their relevance, especially among the younger generations. For a while, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been looking for ways to make the Olympics more attractive for a wider audience.

For the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the IOC has introduced disciplines like big-air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, and speed skating. For the Summer Olympics this year, the IOC has once again improved the lineup of sports and disciplines. Unfortunately, eSports has not made it among the new Olympic sports at this time despite the efforts of its governing body. There are in turn other sports that have been added to the Olympic roster this year that, sports that you'll likely spot at Betway Uganda too in the near future. While these don't involve shooting, magic, and similar video game tropes, they will definitely turn the Olympics into a more exciting event.

Skateboarding

Skateboarding doesn't seem an Olympic sport to many - especially the authorities in some countries that even ban it in certain areas. This doesn't stop skateboarding from being a true sport, one with an international governing body called "World Skate" that's recognized by the IOC. And this year, skaters from all over the world will have the chance to win Olympic gold. The only qualified nation for the skateboarding events so far is Japan (automatically qualified as the host nation). The rest of the nations to compete will be decided at the 2020 World Skateboarding Championships (Street and Park) and based on the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings on June 1st this year. The qualifying skaters will have the chance to measure their skill in "Street" and "Park" disciplines - and they will be judged based on their speed, and their tricks' difficulty, and originality.

Sport climbing

Rock climbing is seen by many as a rather extreme sport - an exciting one that often ends with broken limbs. We probably won't see many of these at the 2020 Summer Olympics as the competition will take place on an artificial wall. Climbers will compete in three disciplines: bouldering (climbing as many fixed routes as possible in a given time, without safety ropes), lead climbing (climbing as high on a 15-meter wall as possible in a given time, with safety ropes), and speed climbing (two athletes racing each other on a fixed route to the top of a 15-meter wall).

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Surfing

Surfing is not a sport, some may say, but a lifestyle. Still, it has its international association recognized by the IOC, which has given it the Olympic nod. The competition will not be held in a stadium - instead, the Olympics will go to the beach. The Shidashita Beach, to be exact, on Japan's Pacific coast. The surfers - four at a time - will do their best riding the waves, and earn points based on the quality, and difficulty of the tricks they perform. Africa will be represented by South African surfer Bianca Buitendag (Women) and Moroccan athlete Ramzi Boukhiam. And if the lineup of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is still not exciting enough, keep in mind that for 2024, breakdancing might also become an Olympic sport.

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