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Olympics: Tokyo 2020 needs foreign help: IOC's Coates

23 July, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • A block of ice cools down a street in Tokyo

Seven new events will be included in the programme for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed.

The seven are freestyle skiing big air for men and women, monobob for women and four mixed team formats - a short-track relay, a ski jumping event, freestyle skiing aerials and a snowboard cross event.

The IOC had a "long discussion" about adding a women's event in Nordic combined, the only sport without a women's event in the Winter Games, IOC sports director Kit McConnell said.

A record number of women athletes are expected to participate in the Games, with the female quota being increased from 41 to 45.44 per cent.

Vice President John Coates has said 2020 Tokyo Games organizers must seek foreign expertise in sports where the country has little tradition or experience.

A deadly heat wave in Japan this week has many residents in the Japanese capital questioning the wisdom of staging the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July and August.

Office workers rest in the shade of a building in Tokyo
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"We are preparing for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where squash will be participating as a showcase sport and will be represented by a selection of juniors from around the world on glass courts with impressive interactive features".

For example, in biathlon the number of participants will be reduced from 230 people (115 men and 115 women) to 210 (105 and 105).

The competition schedule for swimming remains to be fixed.

Holding the opening event in the capital of Fukushima Prefecture will highlight progress in recovery and reconstruction following the March 2011 natural disaster and tsunami.

At a board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday, FINA deferred to the overseas broadcasters' demands and announced its agreement to hold morning finals in Tokyo.

The IOC Executive Board also approved a two-phase timeline, as well as the process and principles for the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee to put forward new sports. After the session in 2019, and following observations at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the final event program and athlete quotas for new sports will then be finalized in December 2020.

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