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Shortboard surfing makes its Olympic debut in 2020.
If you've been experiencing withdrawals since the Women's World Cup ended last month, we've got some good news: The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are less than a year away. Even more reason to be excited is that there will be six brand new sports coming to the 2020 Olympics, and two returning favorites to watch.
Gymnastics - Swimming - Track - Field - Show
While gymnastics, swimming and track and field usually steal the show, there are even more events to watch in 2020. Get excited: Here's what's on tap.
Fittingly, karate -- a martial art that originated in Okinawa during the Ryukyu Dynasty -- makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, joining judo, taekwondo and wrestling. It consists of two disciplines for both men and women: kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).
Kata - Athletes - Series - Movements - Opponent
In kata, the athletes demonstrate a series of offensive and defensive movements against a virtual opponent and are evaluated on strength, speed, rhythm, balance and power, among other things, using a points system.
In kumite, two weight-matched competitors face off in an 8 by 8 meter area for 3 minutes. They're awarded points when they land strikes, kicks or punches with good form, power and control on the target area of their opponent's body. The person with the most points at the end of the match or the first person to amass an eight-point lead is declared the winner. Want to dive deeper into karate? Head to the World Karate Federation's site for more.
Dash - Street - Culture - Summer - Olympic
Skateboarding will bring a dash of street culture to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Once a sport relegated to the streets of southern California and mostly niche competitions, skateboarding is making its Olympic debut. Men's and women's Olympic skateboarding will consist of two events: park and street. The street course is designed to replicate street skating, with...
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