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Tokyo 2020 sets date to announce proposed added Olympic sports

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Tokyo Olympic organizers will announce which sports they propose to add for the 2020 Games on Sept. 28.

Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on June 21.

After Tokyo officials name the proposed added events from that list, the International Olympic Committee will make a final decision in August as to which sports will be added for 2020, if any.

Olympic host cities can propose adding sports for their Games under Agenda 2020 reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee in December.

Tokyo 2020 organizers said added sports will promote “the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal” and engage “the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

Baseball and softball, part of the Olympics from 1996 through 2008, are a joint bid and thought to be the favorite to be added for Tokyo 2020, if any sports are added. More on baseball-softball here.

Squash, along with baseball-softball, lost out on being added for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics when the IOC voted to keep wrestling in the Olympic program on Sept. 8, 2013.

The following sports applied for inclusion in Tokyo 2020 but failed to make the finalist list:

Air sports, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, football, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and waterski and wakeboard.

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Wushu makes its pitch at Youth Olympics

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The Youth Olympics are providing a showcase not only for the world’s best teenage athletes, but also a few sports that would like to one day be part of the Olympic program.

Wushu, sports climbing, roller skating and skateboarding are not being officially contested in Nanjing, but they are on display at what’s called the Sports Lab in the Chinese city.

All have a ways to go to be considered on the Olympic program. Last year, wrestling won a vote for one open spot in the 2020 and 2024 Olympics over baseball and softball and squash.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach paid a visit to the Sports Lab this week and called wushu a sport with “dynamism and grace.” Wushu originated in China as a practice of self defense and physical training and developed into competitive martial arts.

The sport includes swords, which made it right up Bach’s alley. Bach won 1976 Olympic fencing gold. Here are photos of Bach and Wushu performers in Nanjing, via Getty Images:

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NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra‘s coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Saturday from 9-11 p.m. ET. NBC has coverage Sunday from noon-1 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN from 9-10.

Youth Olympics broadcast schedule