Tokyo 2020 have revealed they will put their chosen additional sports forward to the IOC on September 28 ©Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 have announced they will put forward their proposed additional sports to be included on the Olympic Programme to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 28.

Eight sports are vying for inclusion and the Additional Events Programme Panel will submit their choices to the IOC before a decision will be made at the 129th IOC Session, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Karate, squash, bowling, sport climbing, surfing, roller sports, wushu and baseball softball, considered favourites following its axing after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, are the sports which are bidding to become a part of the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020.

An unspecified number will be selected by the Additional Events Programme Panel and it is not known how many the IOC will decide to include.

The development comes after each Sporting Federation staked their claim to be a part of the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital at a series of interviews held in Tokyo last month.

All eight shortlisted sports made a 15-minute presentation before they took part in a 30-minute question and answer session on August 8.

They then participated in a further Q+A session the following day.

Despite promises of improved transparency in the process as a result of Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, only the International Surfing Association revealed details of the disciplines, confirming that traditional short board surfing and stand-up paddle boarding were the disciplines chosen to be put forward to the Panel.

All eight shortlisted sports put their case for inclusion to the Tokyo 2020 Additional Events Programme Panel last month
All eight shortlisted sports put their case for inclusion to the Tokyo 2020 Additional Events Programme Panel last month ©Tokyo 2020

Their plan also features either a man-made wave facility similar to Surf Snowdonia, an inland surf lagoon located in Wales, which opened at the beginning of the month, or a temporary construction to be located on one of the city’s beaches.

insidethegames then exclusively revealed that skateboarding and inline speed skating formed part of the International Roller Sports Federation’s proposal, while baseball softball’s case involved the use of players from Major League Baseball, the sport’s flagship worldwide product.

“Discussions are going on with Major League Baseball and we are confident our proposition will allow them to send professional players to Tokyo,” World Baseball Softball Confederation President Ricardo Fraccari said.

New sports must be a "driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal", it has been claimed, while they must also "engage the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision".

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