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 Olympic program for Tokyo 2020: “More youthful, more women”
Sports-business | 13.06.2017

IOC plans numerous mixed competitions

Olympic program for Tokyo 2020: Olympics are to become more youthful and include more women

Olympic program for Tokyo 2020: “More youthful, more women”. The Olympic Games are becoming more female dominated: The number of mixed competitions increases to 18. Basketball gets a 3x3 variant. (Quelle: International Olympic Committee)
The Olympic Games are becoming more female dominated: The number of mixed competitions increases to 18. Basketball gets a 3x3 variant.
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The number of mixed competitions in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be doubled to 18. That was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. Despite tremendous attention surrounding Rio 2016, sports experts believe the world’s largest sporting event is in crisis – young men in particular are becoming less and less interested in the Olympics.

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Women’s participation will rise from 45.6% at Rio 2016 to 48.8% at Tokyo 2020. The IOC Executive Committee decided that, in total, 15 new events will be incorporated into the Olympic program:

  • Basketball: 3x3 (men and women)
  • Archery: Mixed event
  • Fencing: Team competition for men and women
  • Judo: Mixed team event
  • Track and field athletics: 4x400 meter mixed relay
  • Cycling: BMX Freestyle Park, Madison (M/F)
  • Swimming: 800 meter (men), 1,500 meter (women), 4x100 meter mixed relay
  • Table tennis: Mixed doubles
  • Triathlon: Mixed team relay


33 sports at the 2020 Olympics

The total number of athletes involved in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will however reduce by 285 in comparison to Rio 2016. Most affected by this are weightlifting, which in recent years has produced numerous doping scandals, and wrestling.

At the suggestion of the Japanese hosts, five additional sports had already been added to the Olympic program (until now 28 sports) before this: Climbing, surfing, skateboarding, baseball/softball and karate. Whether these will still remain in the 2024 Olympic program remains to be seen.

Paris and Los Angeles after Tokyo?

The decision about the hosts of the Summer Olympics in 2024 and 2028 will be announced in a double award ceremony on September 13, 2017 in Lima (Peru). Paris and Los Angeles are the only remaining contenders for the 2024 Olympics after Tokyo; the loser should automatically win the bid for the 2028 Olympics.

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