Sports News, June 10:- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday approved new events for the 2020 Tokyo Games, including a number of mixed-gender competitions.
The IOC’s Executive Board made the decision at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
The additions include a mixed team event for judo. Each team will consist of 3 men and 3 women, all representing different weight classes. Team events have already taken place at the judo world championships, but never on a mixed-gender basis.
Table Tennis will also get a mixed doubles competition. The event was featured in the recent world championships in Germany. A Japanese pair won gold.
Three-on-three basketball is an example of the IOC’s focus on youth and urban sports. The 10-minute match on a half-sized court is known for its speed.
In Tokyo, the number of mixed events will double from nine in Rio 2016 to 18. All new events will make use of existing venues.