5 New Sports Coming to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

Nyjah Huston
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The holiday season is over, but TV has some new gifts you'll never want to return. Settle in for 12 months of fan-favorite stars (Fran Drescher, Edie Falco), inspiring physical feats (the Olympics), new streaming services, and another must-see season of Outlander.

Adding new sports to the Olympics helps promote interest among younger viewers. Here are the five making their debut — or, in one case, comeback! — in 2020.

Baseball/Softball

Players last took the field at a Summer Games in 2008. The men and women make their respective return in the baseball-mad country of Japan.

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Karate

Athletes in kumite (sparring) compete in three different weight classes for both men and women, while kata (form, or movement) is a single event for each gender.

Skateboarding

Competitors in two settings get three timed runs each to show off their tricks and style. The park course is shaped like a deep, empty pool, while the street course has ramps and rails.

Sport Climbing

Three events — speed climbing, and the more technical bouldering and lead climbing — are totaled for overall score.

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Surfing

Men and women will vie in shortboard (6- to 7-foot boards) and be given a 14-day window to ensure Mother Nature cooperates.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Friday, July 24, 7:30/6:30c, NBC

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