The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted unanimously to add five more sports to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
According to Japan's NHK public broadcaster, the IOC voted and agreed that some sports highly popular in Japan would make a comeback to the Games, including both baseball and softball, and also voted to add karate, sports climbing, surfing and skateboarding to the new roster of sports.
Baseball and softball have both featured in previous Olympics, most recently in 2008, but the sports of karate, skateboarding and sports climbing will be featuring for the first time in the international event in 2020.
"This will constitute a new chapter in the illustrious history of the Olympic Games," Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, was quoted by local media as telling the IOC assembly.
"The inclusion of the package will afford young athletes the chance of a lifetime to compete in the Olympic Games," Mori added.