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Sports at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games

There were 33 sports on the program for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Five new sports were added to the program in Tokyo: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing, as well as many new events such as 3x3 basketball, triathlon relay, women's canoe slalom, and BMX freestyle. A total of 18 new events and 474 extra athletes appeared on the Tokyo Olympic program. There were 339 gold medals to be won. Aquatics had the most number of events at 49 total, followed by athletics with 48 events, and cycling with 22 events (see number of available medals by sport). 

List of Sports

  1. Aquatics (including swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, water polo)
  2. Archery
  3. Badminton
  4. Baseball and Softball — will be held at the main venue of the Yokohama Stadium
  5. Basketball (including 3x3 basketball)
  6. Boxing
  7. Canoe / Kayak
  8. Cycling — including Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX — Track cycling and mountain bike events will take place 120km away from Tokyo in Izu.
  9. Equestrian
  10. Fencing
  11. Football (soccer)
  12. Golf
  13. Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampolining)
  14. Handball
  15. Hockey
  16. Judo
  17. Karate — six kumite and two kata categories. To be held at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo.
  18. Modern Pentathlon
  19. Rowing
  20. Rugby 7s
  21. Sailing
  22. Shooting
  23. Skateboarding — men and women's street and park skateboarding events
  24. Sport Climbing — bouldering and lead and speed combined climbing
  25. Surfing — men's and women's shortboard surfing, to be held about one hour from Tokyo at Shida Shita Point
  26. Table Tennis
  27. Taekwondo
  28. Tennis
  29. Track & Field
  30. Triathlon
  31. Volleyballindoor and beach volleyball
  32. Weightlifting
  33. Wrestling (Greco-Roman and Freestyle)

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