Karate is among five new sports that will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The International Olympic Committee approved the martial art along with skateboarding, sports climbing, softball/baseball and surfing.
“We want to take sport to the youth," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a news release. "With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them. Tokyo 2020’s balanced proposal fulfills all of the goals of the Olympic Agenda 2020 .... Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.”
The new sports are only binding for the 2020 Olympics, and not beyond. The news comes as the world awaits the official opening of the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
MMA itself may also one day become an Olympic sport. The UFC is reportedly pushing for MMA to be included in a future Olympic Games.
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