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The Newest Olympic Sports Debuting in Tokyo

The Tokyo Games will feature six sports that weren't part of the Rio Olympics. While baseball and softball are returning for the first time since 2008, Tokyo will be the Olympic debut for surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate. Scroll through photos of the venues for each and some of the top contenders in the four new sports.

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The Newest Olympic Sports Debuting in Tokyo

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    Surfing venue

    Surfing venue

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    A local surfer is seen in action with Mount Fuji in the background at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.

    Sport climbing venue

    Sport climbing venue

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    A general view of the venue at the Aomi Urban Sports Park. The competition combines the three sport climbing disciplines: speed, bouldering and lead.

    Colin Duffy

    Colin Duffy

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    The American is only 17 and still in high school. He qualified by winning the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s Pan American Championship in March 2020.

    Sakura Kokumai

    Sakura Kokumai

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    The only American woman competing in karate during the Games ranked seventh in the World Karate Federation’s world kata rankings.

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