The 2020 Olympics were supposed to be a celebration of the best athletes in the world, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, several sports have been dropped from the lineup. Here’s a look at what sports were dropped and why.
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The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from 24 July to 9 August 2020. Originally due to take place in 1940 (before being cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II), and then rescheduled for 1944, the games were eventually moved to Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 33 sports are scheduled to be contested at the games. Baseball and softball, which were dropped from the programme after the 2008 Olympics, have been reinstated; karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will be added to the programme for the first time. The program for the 2020 games will feature a record number of events—339—across 33 different sports.
The following sports will be contested at the 2020 Summer Olympics:
Athleticssprinting, middle-distance running, long-distance running, road running, marathon Races walkraces
Canoeing flatwater racing sprint canoeing slalom wildwater racing
Cycling BMX racing mountain bike racing road cycling track cycling BMX Freestyle Park Keirin OmniumMadison Race Points race Sprint Team pursuit Team sprint Time trial Tandem Diving Dressage Equestrian vaulting Eventing Jumping Polo Reining Show jumping Breaststroke Backstroke Butterfly Freestyle Individual medley Open water swimming Paralympic swimming Rhythmic gymnastics Roller skating Sailing Skateboarding Sport climbing Surfing Table tennis Taekwondo Tennis Trampoline Triathlon Volleyball Water polo Weightlifting Wrestling
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the world governing body for badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The BWF regulates and promotes the sport of badminton worldwide. Founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations, the BWF has grown steadily to 166 member nations. Its headquarters is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current President is Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen
Badminton was first contested as a demonstration sport at the 1932 Summer Olympics, with men’s singles and doubles, and women’s singles events, but was dropped from the program after one Games. It was not until 1992 that it was played again, though only as a full medal sport for both men and women. Since then, it has been played at every Summer Olympics. Up to and including 2016, Chinese Taipei has been the most successful nation in Olympic badminton, winning a total of nine medals: two golds, three silvers and four bronzes. China has been second most successful with eight medals (two golds, two silvers and four bronzes), while Indonesia – badminton’s first nation – has won six medals overall (three silvers and three bronzes). Denmark has also won six medals overall (one gold, three silvers and two bronzes), but all of them have been bronze medals.
On August 3, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that baseball and softball would be dropped from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The IOC also removed wrestling from the 2020 Games, but it was later reinstated.
The IOC cited a decline in popularity and participation as the reasons for removing baseball and softball from the Olympics. These sports have been part of the Summer Games since 1992 (barring the 2020 Games), but have failed to gain much traction outside of North America. In 2016, only four countries sent teams to compete in baseball: the United States, Japan, Cuba, and South Korea.
The decision to remove baseball and softball from the 2020 Olympics was not well-received by everyone. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), which is the international governing body for both sports, issued a statement condemning the IOC’s decision. The WBSC argues that baseball and softball are popular worldwide, with over 65 million people playing these sports globally.
Karate was one of the four sports that were initially dropped from the 2020 Olympics. The other sports were baseball/softball, climbing, and skateboarding. All four sports were considered for reinstatement in 2016, but only baseball/softball and climbing were successful. Skateboarding and karate will both make their Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.
Skateboarding was approved as a sport for the 2020 Tokyo Games in 2016, less than a year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to include it. It would have been the first time skateboarding appeared at an Olympics. But in August of 2019, amid concerns about the cost and logistics of holding skateboarding competitions at multiple venues in Tokyo, the IOC voted to drop it from the Games. BMX freestyle was also dropped.
While the official list of sports that were dropped from the 2020 Olympics has not been released, there are some sports that seem likely to be cut. One of these is surfing, which was only added to the Olympics in 2016.
With surfing’s popularity on the decline and few top-level athletes willing to commit to the sport, it seems unlikely that it will be included in future Olympic games. Other sports that may be dropped include BMX racing, karate, and baseball/softball.
In conclusion, five sports were dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games. They are baseball/softball, karate, squash, roller sports, and sport climbing. While some of these sports are more popular than others, they all have their own passionate fan bases. It remains to be seen how the Olympics will be affected by the removal of these sports.