The sports could officially be a part of the 2020 games.
After some lackluster viewership both in person and on television, the 2020 summer Olympics might see as many as seven additional sports. Baseball and softball, which were just recently cut, are back on track to getting into the games and squash, karate, surfing and four other sports are in contention to get into the games for the first time according to the New York Post.
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The sports, which will debut at the Tokyo games, were decided by a committee in Japan. The other sports that might show up at the games were bowling, roller sports, sport climbing and wushu.
Softball and baseball are extremely popular in Japan, so it is likely they will end up seeing the game. The global outcry after the cut was also included in the decision, but the US still can't send anyone who plays professionally, as it is in the middle of the season.
“This is a great day for our sport,” said Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation. “Today baseball and softball — and the millions of athletes and fans who call it their sport — reached first base.”
We won't know the results until the federations that represent the eight sports next make their presentations in Tokyo on Aug. 7-8, and organizers will make recommendations to the International Olympic Committee by September 30th of this year. However we won't know the verdict until August 2016 when the IOC will make a final decision on which sport or sports will be added before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
However, this does not even touch the amount of sports that have already been cut from the list, which include: air sports, American football, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports, waterski and wakeboard.
This large number came after the IOC decided that there shouldn't be a cap on the amount of sports included in each game.
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Fujio Mitarai, who chaired the selection panel, said two factors were key in selecting events such as surfing and roller sports, which will include skateboarding. “The most important factors were: Does the sport have the support of the younger generation and how big is the population of the sport worldwide?” Mitarai said.