Karate at the Olympics

In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports to add to the program in 2016. Karate was one of the leading contenders, though it missed out when the sports of Golf and Rugby were selected. After further lobbying, it was finally accepted onto the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, along with four other new sports.

It was seen as difficult for Karate to gain inclusion given that there are already several other combat sports on the Olympic program: boxing, Judo, taekwondo, fencing and wrestling.


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