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Mixed-gender events added to 2020 Olympics






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There will be more mixed-gender events and women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said mixed-gender events would be in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be mixed relays in athletics and swimming. Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that: "It's something that would make things a little bit more fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch."

There will also be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. Spokesman Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, more urban and include more women". Not everyone wants the new events, especially urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young people to watch the Games. The newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. There will be more women competing in Tokyo. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of the athletes.

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