Sport Climbing and Surfing Make the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics Shortlist

L: UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 24: Nigel Armino of the Netherlands competes in the Mens Petzl NK Lead Indoor Climbing competition 2018 held at the Neoliet climb hall on November 24, 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images), R: PAIA, HAWAII - APRIL 11: Kia Lenny, one of the top big wave riders but also an elite wind surfer, kite-surfer and foilboard rider, surfs a wave at the break called Pavilions at Hookipa beach on the north shore of Maui. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
L: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images, R: Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics may have some exciting new sports. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this week that breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing have been “provisionally included” in the lineup for the Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing already will be included as medal sports in the 2020 Olympics, and this latest action makes it likely that the sports will also be included in the 2024 Games. Breaking was previously added to the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as a medal event, and now the sport is closer to an official debut in a major Olympic Games.

“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a released statement. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”

Back in August 2016, the IOC announced that a slew of new sports would be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including baseball, softball, skateboarding, surfing, karate, and sport climbing. While baseball and softball previously have been Olympic sports, the rest are brand-new additions to the lineup. The final decisions on adding the sports to the 2024 Games will be made in December 2020.

By provisionally adding these sports to the 2024 lineup, the Olympic Programme Commission will “continue its analysis and observation” of the competitions, including “joint official observations at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with Paris 2024 and the Olympic Programme Commission,” according to the IOC.

Here’s a rundown of how the new sports will work in the 2020 Olympic Games, and each will have a similar setup if they make it to the 2024 Games:

Surfing at the 2020 Olympics: The event will have 40 total athletes, 20 men and 20 women, competing in a shortboard competition. The contest site will be at Shidashita Beach, located around 40 miles (64 km) outside of Tokyo.

Skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics: The competition will have 80 total athletes, 40 men and 40 women, and they will compete in both street and park events. The skateboarding competitions will take place at the Aomi Urban Venue in Tokyo.

Sport Climbing at the 2020 Olympics: The climbing competition will feature 40 participants and two events will be held, one for men and one for women. The format will include the disciplines of speed, bouldering and lead—also known as “sport” climbing. The competitions will also take place at the Aomi Urban Venue in Tokyo.

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