GamesBids.com presents the eighth annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2015. These stories impacted the course of Olympic host city bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plot lines and story arcs for the year. We’ll run them down from 10th to 1st as the year ends – click on the links for details.
Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2015: #9 – Five Sports Recommended For Inclusion At Tokyo 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its charter in 2014 opening the door for host cities to propose the inclusion of additional sports at their Games, and sport federations to mount campaigns.
In September baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were recommended by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee – gleaned from an initial list of eight. While baseball and softball, popular sports in Japan, are considered strong favorites, another front runner Squash was left off the list.
Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympic Games was quick to embrace the proposed sports claiming a strong connection with baseball, surfing and skateboarding. Venue proposals for these potential events have been discussed in the campaign’s early documents.
This new strategy aims at keeping the Games relevant for today’s youth by temporarily exploring new sports in a nation that can properly embrace them.
The IOC will choose which sports to include in August at a session ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.
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A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.