It’s Official: Skateboarding and Surfing Are Now Olympic Sports

By the time the next Summer Olympics rolls around, you’ll be able to watch five new sports.

Yesterday, the governing body of the Olympics approved five new sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games – and it’s all a part of a desire to attract younger athletes and viewers.

Skateboarding, surfing, baseball/softball, karate, and climbing will all be apart of the next Summer Olympics.


“We want to take sport to the youth,” IOC President Thomas Bach said, according to the news release. “With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them.”

The new sports will add about 474 new athletes competing for medals in 18 new competitions. No word on whether the addition of the younger athletes will require even more condoms than the thousands heading for Rio.


“The inclusion of the package of new sports will afford young athletes the chance of a lifetime to realize their dreams of competing in the Olympic Games,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

Maybe you shouldn’t have given up on the skateboard, after all.

As for the Rio games, it’s not without its “firsts” either, including having the first team of refugees.