The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to include dancesport, karate, and wall climbing in the 2018 edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The decision was made during the IOC meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday.
The three new sports will be in addition to the 28 current sports program for the third Summer YOG.
Buenos Aires 2018 Organizing Committee proposed to the IOC board for the inclusion of the sports to bring more innovation in the games.
The decision was also inspired by the success of the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab and in line with the Buenos Aires 2018 mission to “bring sport to the people.”
While dance sport is a completely new event to the Olympic program, karate and sport climbing will be a prelude to what will happen in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, where the two sports will also be introduced.
“We are happy in Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) for these opportunities and avenue where we can show our talent. Everyone is now excited to join the Youth Olympic Games,” PKF Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes told The Manila Times on Thursday.
YOG will uphold gender equality where it is said to achieve for the first time the equal numbers of men and women participating.
Dance sport will feature men’s, women’s and mixed team break dancing in a battle format; karate will consist of three kumite events per gender; and sport climbing will be a combined event of the three climbing disciplines (lead, bouldering and speed) for both men and women.