While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still deciding on which of the three finalist cities will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, with Tokyo seen as a strong favorite, seven sports bodies are already pitching to be included in the international sporting event. Top representatives of the bidding sports gave their presentations to the IOC on Wednesday, with Olympic delegation visits to sporting events to follow.
The sports looking to be included in the future Summer Games are an odd bunch, but all are bidding for a single open spot. The baseball and softball confederations have merged and are pitching as one event, while the others are karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboard, and wushu, a full-contact sport adapted from traditional Chinese martial arts. A decision on the included sport won’t be coming anytime soon, as a panel won’t deliver a report the IOC Executive Board until May 2013, and the final choice won’t be announced until September at a gathering in Buenos Aires, where the host city will also be named.
Tokyo is among the three finalists, competing with Madrid, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey. The Japanese capital has often been mentioned as the favorite, as its bid was heavily based on bringing the Games to honor and bring joy to those affected by the March 2011 disasters. Tokyo recently announced the winning design for its new national stadium, to be built with a budget of over $1 billion and used to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.
[via The Republic]