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Olympics Shift: IOC Doubles Number Of Mixed-Gender Events, Adds 5 Sports

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says new changes will boost womanlike appearance in a Olympics and attract young, civic viewers. He is seen here final fall, with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (right) and an interpreter.

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says new changes will boost womanlike appearance in a Olympics and attract young, civic viewers. He is seen here final fall, with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (right) and an interpreter.

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Women and group will contest together in churned relays during a subsequent Summer Olympics, a International Olympic Committee says, announcing a line-up of changes for Tokyo 2020. The IOC says it will get tighten to gender change among Olympic athletes, boosting women to scarcely 49 percent, from 45.6 percent in Rio.

The Tokyo Games will underline 18 churned events, adult from 9 during a Rio Olympics. The IOC’s executive house authorized a new eventuality module for Tokyo during a assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday.

Both swimming and lane will reason churned relays, as good as a triathlon group relay; other sports will also concede inhabitant sporting federations to mix their masculine and womanlike athletes, from churned doubles in list tennis to group events in sports such as judo, cycling and fencing.

Arriving along with 5 new sports, a shifts paint what IOC President Thomas Bach is job “a step-change in a Olympic program.”

The changes are partial of a devise to attract younger viewers. The new sports embody surfing, competition climbing, skateboarding, karate, ball and softball. Existing sports will supplement new competitions, such as 3-on-3 basketball.

“I am gay that a Olympic Games in Tokyo will be some-more youthful, some-more civic and will embody some-more women,” Bach said.

To rebalance a gender appearance rates, a IOC shifted a series of men’s events, reclassifying them as possibly women’s or mixed. Both a dug-out and sharpened sports saw 3 events eliminated from group to women.

For a U.S. team, women have outnumbered group in a past dual Summer Olympics — in Rio, a domain was 292 to 263, and a women won 61 medals, compared with 55 for a men.

The IOC’s moves will also have other effects. While they will move an altogether boost of 15 events, a house also cut athletes’ quotas in a accumulation of sports, for a net detriment of 285 athletes.

The biggest cut strike one of a biggest sports: Athletics, that includes lane and field, will have 105 fewer athletes in Tokyo. Weightlifting will remove 64 athletes, while wrestling will remove 56.