Skateboarding is a 2020 Olympic Sport in Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have added skateboarding to the program. Skating itself is already a huge and globally popular sport, so this move is a chance for the Olympics to attract a new audience. Many skateboarding (and surfing) participants have long rallied against the mainstreaming of the sport(s), but this feels like a recognition that skating is undeniable on a global stage.

The event will have 40 male and 40 female competitors, and they will compete in Park and Street The venue is the Aomi Urban Sports Venue is in the northern part of Tokyo's Ariake district an iconic waterfront area of the Japanese capital. They will install a competition course in the venue specifically for the Olympics.

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Boardworld Australia has a good roundup, apparently the Aussies plan to go hard

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A considered position on skateboarding's position as an alternative to 'mainstream' sports vs. commercial success that has propelled skating to the forefront of culture

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Official Tokyo 2020 Skateboarding Coverage