The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the sports programme for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
The 32nd edition of the Games will feature mixed-gender events in athletics, swimming, table tennis and triathlon, in a move which the IOC hopes will showcase youth and urban innovations, as well as improving gender equality.
The shake-up will result in a net increase of 15 events, an overall reduction of 285 athletes from the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and the highest representation of female athletes in Olympic history.
The Games will include a 4x400m mixed relay in athletics and a 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. There will also be a mixed relay in the triathlon, along with a mixed doubles tournament in table tennis.
A new BMX Freestyle cycling competition has been introduced for men and women, along with the fast and furious Basketball 3×3 event, both of which the IOC claims are “youth-focused and urban-based” additions.
As well as doubling the number of mixed events from nine to 18, Tokyo will feature five more sports than Rio, taking the total up to 33. The new disciplines include softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
Speaking about the changes, the IOC president Thomas Bach said: “The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.”
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place from 24th July to 9th August 2020.