The Tokyo Olympics are the first time that Skateboarding is an Olympic discipline. After the games in Rio 2016, the IOC accepted that Skateboarding, baseball, surfing, karate and climbing will be present at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
With the growing interest in urban sports, skateboarding will be an Olympic sport for the first time in Tokyo. Skateboarding was first practiced in the 1940s and is still enjoying growing popularity today.
As an urban sport Music is very important and will be present during the competition.
Skateboarding’s Olympic Debut Continues! 🛹
This morning the women of the first Brazilian and Japanese skateboarding teams met at the Ariake Urban Sports Park to familiarize themselves with the street course.
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What categories are there in Olympic skateboarding?
Olympic Skateboarding in Tokyo 2021 is under the supervision of the World Skateboarding Federation. This means it will have two modes: Street and park.
- Street mode: This discipline consists of a straight circuit with obstacles such as curbs, railings, walls and benches. Every skateboarder has to show his best moves in every obstacle to get the best score.
- Parking mode: This discipline takes place on a circuit with difficult inclines and curves. Sometimes the walls are almost vertical and the skaters have to do their best to complete the route in the shortest possible time.
Will skateboarding be at the Paris Games?
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 23: President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach (L) and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito wave during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo , Japan. (Photo by Lu Lin / CHINASPORTS / VCG via Getty Images)
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Although skateboarding will be featured for the first time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, does not mean that the decision for future Olympics has been madeS. The IOC meets in Tokyo after the competition and decides whether skateboarding is in the Olympia in Paris 2024.
Only when the Olympic Games in Tokyo are over in 2021 will it be known whether skateboarding will be included in the next one or not Olympic competitions.