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Tug of war, chess vie for inclusion in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Tug of War, Chess Vie For Inclusion In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Twenty-six sports are now vying to be added to the list of those played at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020, according to organizers.

Among the more unconventional entrants are tug-of-war which was an Olympic event until 1920; flying disc which involves a frisbee; orienteering, where teams navigate through different courses using a map; and floorball which is akin to hockey but without skates.

They also include baseball and softball which were a part of the games until 2008 and other familiar competitions including American football, polo, sumo, and racquetball.

Chess and bridge, which are geared toward including older competitors, are also contenders, but the Tokyo organizing committee has made it clear that they want the added games to appeal to younger people.

The International Olympic Committee also agrees with this youth-oriented focus.

Officials from Tokyo 2020 will release a short list of finalists on June 22, make recommendations to the broader governing body by the end of September, and receive notice of final approvals in August 2016.
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