2020 Olympics will have more women and 5 new sports – AOL

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are gearing up to be the most gender-balanced in history.

The International Olympic Committee announced a program featuring 18 mixed-gender events. That’s twice as many as the 2016 games in Rio.

The IOC estimates just under half of the athletes will be female: 48.8 percent. That’s also an improvement from Rio, where women accounted for 45.6 percent of all athletes.

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On top of pushing for a perfect 50-50 split between athletes, the committee voted to add four youth- and urban-based games: surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate; and they’re also bringing back baseball and softball (which the Olympics consider as one sport).

The IOC president said the move represents a major shift for the Olympics, and he said he’s “delighted” the 2020 games will be “more youthful, more urban and will include more women.”

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