Which Sport Should Be Added to the Olympics: Obstacle Racing or Surfing?

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On August 3, leading up to Rio, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it’s adding five sports to the 2020 Games in Tokyo. They are karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing, and baseball/softball. According to the IOC’s press release, the additions will not come at the expense of cutting existing sports: “These [five] sports are considered on top of the athlete and event quota recommendations for Olympic sports outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, and will not take places away from athletes in existing Olympic sports.”

Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States in action against George Gogshelidze of Georgia during the Men's Freestyle Wrestling 96kg semi final match on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

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But what about all the other sports vying for a spot in the 2020 (now 2024) Games? There's surfing and obstacle racing, bowling, and, of course ultimate frisbee. Which should stay and which should go? As we reported earlier, the process for adding Olympic events is relatively opaque. So we'll let you decide with a series of polls. First up, two adventure sports that most of you have at one time or another participated in: Surfing or Obstacle Racing? Vote now — and start practicing for 2024. 

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