What Are the 26 Olympic Sports?

The 2020 Summer Olympics will feature 26 sports, with a maximum of 336 medal events. Here’s a list of all the sports that will be contested in Tokyo.

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Introduction

The Olympic Games are an international event where athletes from all over the world compete in a variety of sports. The Olympics are held every four years, and the 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan.

There are a total of 26 Olympic sports: archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, judo, kayaking, lacrosse, Modern Pentathlon (which includes fencing), rowing, rugby sevens (a shorter version of rugby), sailing, shooting, skateboarding (which will be featured for the first time in the 2020 Olympics), surfing (also debuting in 2020), swimming synchronized swimming , table tennis , taekwondo , tennis , track and field , triathlon , volleyball , water polo , weightlifting , and wrestling.

The 26 Olympic Sports

The Olympic Games are comprised of both winter and summer sports, with some athletes competing in both. The official list of sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games includes 33 sports — 16 summer and 17 winter — as well as two additional disciplines that will be contested at the Games for the first time: skateboarding and surfing.

Here is the complete list of sports on the program for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo:
Archery, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (BMX Freestyle, BMX Racing, Mountain Bike, Road, Track), Diving, Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football (Beach Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic gymnastics, Rhythmic gymnastics), Handball ,Judo ,Karate ,Modern Pentathlon ,Rowing ,Rugby 7s Sailing ,Shooting Skateboarding ,Sport Climbing ,Surfing ,Swimming (Open Water Swimming) Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo Tennis Track & Field Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting Wrestling

Why Are They The Olympic Sports?

The 26 Olympic sports are chosen based on a number of factors. Some, like athletics (track and field) and swimming, are considered essential to the Olympic Games. Others, such as rugby sevens and golf, were added recently to keep the Games relevant to younger generations. Certain sports, like football (soccer), are extremely popular globally and help the Olympics attract a wider audience. Finally, some sports are included because they showcase unique aspects of a host country’s culture, such as sumo wrestling in Japan or curling in Canada.

The History Of The Olympic Games

The History Of The Olympic Games
The first recorded Olympics took place in 776BC in Olympia, Greece. As the popularity of the games grew, so did the cheating; athletes would often bribe judges to try and fix the outcome of an event. In an attempt to keep the games pure, all participants were declare amateurs in 1894 by the International Olympic Committee. This ruling stands today and has resulted in some disputes, most notably with players from United States professional leagues who were not allowed to participate in the 1992 Barcelona games.

How The Olympic Games Began

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The brainchild of French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Games were originally intended to be a international showcase for amateur athletes. Coubertin believed that sports could bring people and cultures together, so he formulated the idea that the best athletes from all over the world could come together and compete in a fair, international event.

What Happened At The First Modern Olympic Games?

The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The Games were open to athletes from all over the world and featuredifications of nine sports: swimming, gymnastics, track and field, fencing, shooting, weightlifting, wrestling, cycling and tennis.

Since then, the Olympics have been held every four years (with a few exceptions), with athletes competing in a wide variety of sports. Today, there are 26 Olympic sports on the program:

Archery
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Canoeing and kayaking
Cycling
Diving
Equestrianism
Fencing
Field hockey
Figure skating
Golf Gymnastics Handball Judo Modern pentathlon Rowing Rugby sevens Sailing Shooting Softball Sport climbing Surfing Table tennis Taekwondo Tennis Triathlon Volleyball Water polo Windsurfing

How Have The Olympic Games Changed Over The Years?

Over the centuries, the Olympic Games have undergone several changes.

From their humble beginnings in Ancient Greece, to the first modern games in Athens in 1896, to the present day, the Olympics have always been about bringing people and cultures together.

The very first Olympics were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC. They were dedicated to Zeus and consisted of just one event – a 200-metre race called the ‘stade’.

By the time of the fifth century BC Olympic Games, they had grown to include boxing, wrestling, chariot racing and pentathlon events.

Over time, more and more events were added, until there were 10 main sports by the turn of the 20th century: athletics (track and field), boxing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, marksmanship (shooting), rowing, swimming , tennis and weightlifting.

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896 and included just 9 sports: athletics , cycling , fencing , gymnastics , shooting , swimming , tennis , weightlifting and wrestling.

Since then Summer Olympics have been held every four years (with a few exceptions due to wars), and Winter Olympics every four years (again with a few exceptions). New sports are often added to keep up with popular trends – for example basketball and football (soccer) were both added in 1936. In 2020 Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics for a record-breaking fourth time.
chariot racing

What Will Happen At The Next Olympic Games?

The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. Tokyo was originally slated to host the 1940 Olympic Games, but these were ultimately cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II. Tokyo last hosted the Olympic Games in 1964.

A total of 26 sports will be contested at the 2020 Olympics. These are:

Archery
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Canoeing
Cycling
Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Handball
Judo

Conclusion

The 26 Olympic sports are archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cyanography, cycling, diving, equestrianism, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, modern pentathlon rowing sailing shooting softball table tennis taekwondo tennis track and field triathlon volleyball water polo weightlifting and wrestling.

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