What new sports are at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Skateboarding, surfing and climbing rules explained
If you fancy a change from the usual athletics, swimming and cycling events this year then how about some surfing or skateboarding? There's also a new event which could be over in just SIX seconds. Watch every unmissable moment from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games live on Discovery+ and the Eurosport app
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The Olympics is the perfect occasion for any sports fan to sit back and watch hours upon hours of exciting, nerve-wracking and truly incredible moments.
Whether it’s watching the fastest men and women run 100m in under ten seconds, staring in disbelief at a triple axel in the ice skating or wondering how on Earth athletes decided to get into the sport of pole vaulting – there’s something for everyone.
And this year will entice a whole new wave of fans with the introduction of five new sports to the Olympic Games.
Olympic karate will feature two types of events. Kumite, a combat discipline, sees two fighters go head-to-head in a three-minute fight.
The competition features three weight classes and athletes are awarded points for the techniques used.
The other event is called Kata - which means 'shape' or 'model' - and is performed solo.
Competitors will be judged on a series of pre-approved choreographed offensive and defensive movements.
Men and women will compete in both types of karate with 60 competitors in the Kumite competition and 20 in Kata.
Team GB's Sky Brown is among the favourites to scoop gold in skateboarding
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Skateboarding consists of two formats: street and park.
Competitors perform individually and are ranked for the overall level of difficulty and originality of their routines.
Both are individual events with street skateboarding requiring athletes to take on obstacles, including rails, stairs, kerbs, benches, walls, and slopes, to demonstrate their tricks in a set time frame.
Park skateboarding will take place in a hollowed-out course where skaters climb the curves at speed to perform mid-air tricks, accompanied by music.