On 8 December, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board approved the venues for the five new sports in the Tokyo Olympics Games 2020. These included venues for skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
It is a momentous occasion for these sports, as they’ve never been represented in the Olympics before.
The skateboarding and sport climbing events, the “newest and most youthful events”, will take place in Aomi Urban Sports Venue (Koto city, Tokyo). This temporary facility will be situated in a spectacular location with Tokyo Bay as a backdrop.
Surfing competitions will be located on the Tsurigasaki Beach, located at the southern end of the Kujukuri (literally “endless”) Beach in Chiba prefecture. The beach stretches about 60km along Japan’s Pacific coast. It is a popular surfing location offering great waves all year around. A number of international and national surfing competitions have already been held there.
Through these additional sports, the Tokyo 2020 Games aims to inspire new generations and become a model for future Olympic Games.
In total, the Games will utilise 39 different venues—eight new permanent venues, 22 existing sites and nine temporary venues. With 56% of the venues utilising existing facilities, Tokyo 2020 is hoping to embrace the Olympic Agenda 2020 to create a sustainable legacy for the next generation, the city of Tokyo and Japan.