New events help bring Tokyo 2020 sport program
The event program at Tokyo 2020 is going to look quite a bit different than the one last summer in Rio after the IOC’s Executive Board approved a number of changes on Friday.
Looking solely at the sports contested at Rio 2016, the total number of events is increased by 15 (from 306 to 321) but the total number of athletes is reduced by 285 (there were 11,237 in Rio) as the Games move closer to a 50-50 split of male and female participants.
This is in addition to the five sports – baseball/softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding – which were added to the Tokyo 2020 program last year and will feature 18 new events, bringing the overall total to 339.
Four sports – canoe/kayak, rowing, shooting, weightlifting – will now have an equal number of events for men and women. Six sports – canoe/kayak, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, weightlifting – will now have gender balance in the number of athletes competing.
One area in particular that has seen an increase is the number of mixed gender events, doubling the nine that were included at Rio 2016 to 18.
Here is a complete list of the event changes within the current Olympic sports and how the number of athletes will be affected:
Archery Added: mixed team This will be the first mixed Olympic event in archery which has had separate gender team events since 1988.
Athletics Added: mixed 4x400m relay Reduced: 105 fewer athletes qualified
Basketball Added: men’s 3×3, women’s 3×3 for a total of 64 athletes (32 men, 32 women) Eight teams will compete in each tournament. 3×3 basketball was included at the 2010 and 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Later this month, FIBA will hold the fourth edition of its 3×3 World Cup in France.
Boxing Transfer: two men’s events will become women’s events for a total swap of 44 athletes At Rio 2016 there were 10 men’s boxing events compared to just three for women. It is still to be confirmed which men’s events will be dropped, but women will now compete in featherweight (57kg) and welterweight (69kg) in addition to flyweight (51kg), lightweight (60kg) and middleweight (75kg).
Canoe/Kayak Transfer: three men’s events will become women’s events for a total swap of 55 athletes At Rio 2016, 11 of the 16 events were for men. In Tokyo, there will be K-1 and C-1 events for each gender in slalom. On the sprint side, there will be four kayak events and two canoe events for each gender. These will be the first Olympic Games at which women will compete in canoeing, something that happened for the first time at the Pan Am Games at Toronto 2015.
Cycling (BMX) Added: men’s freestyle park, women’s freestyle park To help achieve gender balance across all of cycling, there will be less men and more women qualified in BMX racing, mountain biking and road cycling. The UCI created the BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in 2016.
Cycling (Track) Added: men’s Madison, women’s Madison The men’s Madison had previously been on the program from Sydney 2000 to Beijing 2008 while the women’s Madison will make its Olympic debut after being included at the UCI World Championships for the first time in 2017.
Fencing Added: men’s team, women’s team Until this change, each Games only included team events in two of the three weapons for each gender, which would alternate from Games to Games.
Judo Added: mixed team event Transfer: 38 athletes will be moved from the men’s events to the women’s events to achieve gender balance
Rowing Transfer: one men’s event will become a women’s event Reduction: 24 fewer athletes qualified At Rio 2016 there were eight men’s events and six women’s events. At Tokyo 2020 both genders will compete in the same seven events (single sculls, pair, double sculls, four, quad sculls, eight, lightweight double sculls).
Sailing Transfer: mixed multihull becomes mixed foiling multihull Reduction: 30 fewer athletes qualified
Shooting Transfer: three men’s events will become mixed events Reduction: 30 fewer athletes qualified At Rio 2016 there were nine men’s events and six women’s events. At Tokyo 2020 there will be mixed team events in 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol and trap. Gone are the men’s double trap, men’s 50m rifle prone, and men’s 50m pistol.
Swimming Added: men’s 800m freestyle, women’s 1500m freestyle, mixed 4x100m medley relay Reduced: 22 fewer athletes qualified Both freestyle events have been included at the FINA World Championships since 2001 and now fully equalize the men’s and women’s race programs. The men’s 800m freestyle addition comes just a little too late for the recently retired Ryan Cochrane who was a three-time world medallist in the event. The mixed 4x100m medley relay made its world championship debut in 2015.
Table Tennis Added: mixed doubles From Seoul 1988 to Athens 2004 there were separate doubles events for men and women until they were replaced by team events for each gender.
Triathlon Added: mixed team relay The mixed team relay was on the program of the 2010 and 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, as well as the most recent Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. It will debut at the Pan Am Games in 2018. Teams of two men and two women will each complete a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to a teammate.
Water Polo Added: two women’s teams, increasing tournament field from eight to 10 The men’s tournament remains at 12 teams but team sizes will be reduced, dropping the total number of athletes by 18.
Weightlifting Reduction: one men’s weight category removed and 64 fewer athletes qualified At Rio 2016 there were eight men’s events and seven women’s events. It is still to be confirmed what the seven men’s eight categories will be. Wrestling Reduction: 56 fewer athletes qualified to achieve gender balance in freestyle wrestling
You can see the complete event program for Tokyo 2020 here.
It’s #MuseumWeek: Let’s celebrate!
Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda issued the following statement about Museum Week (June 19 to 25) and recent international attention received by Alberta’s historic sites and museums:
“I am so excited that our heritage facilities are taking part in #MuseumWeek — an online campaign intended for museums and cultural institutions around the globe to showcase their work and mission.
“Here in Alberta, we have 20 amazing provincially owned and operated heritage facilities, including historic sites, museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. They are the keepers of our history, places for education, a source of affordable entertainment and the chroniclers about how we became the Alberta we are today.
“What Albertans might not realize is that historic sites and museums are also key tourist attractions for national and international visitors. In fact, our provincial heritage facilities are making headlines around the world and have recently received international attention from notable publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, WestJet Magazine and Forbes for their work in scientific research, public programming and visitor experiences.
“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, I would encourage you all to connect with our provincial past. Whether it is visiting the best-preserved armoured dinosaur at the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, experiencing the story of Ukrainian immigration to east central Alberta at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village or discovering one of North America’s oldest buffalo jumps at UNESCO’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, there is something for everyone.
“Thanks to collaboration with Travel Alberta and regional tourism partners across the province, we are creating a unified and compelling approach in promoting our province and its beauty, openness and diverse experiences to the world.
“Follow @AlbertaCulture to learn more about the stories of our facilities and the important work they do.”
Canada Summer Games Team Alberta Triathletes Announced!
Alberta’s top three male and three female junior triathletes, each between 16 and 19 years of age, have been named to represent Alberta during the 2017 Canada Summer Games to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this summer.
Team Alberta Women
1) Emma Skaug (Calgary)
2) Mary Hnatyshyn (Calgary)
3) Hayley Basterash (St. Albert)
ALTERNATE - Abby Wilson (St. Albert)
Team Alberta Men
1) Aidan Comeau (Edmonton)
2) Neo Gleason (Canmore)
3) Chris Gregor (Calgary)
ALTERNATE – Luke Hanson (St. Albert)
The final team selection was made after a thrilling Junior Draft Legal race held in St. Albert on June 11. Fifteen top junior females and males all competed in a sprint distance race, which combines a 750m swim, 20km bike ride, and 5km run into one raced event.
Team Alberta members will now prepare to match their skills with the best in the country, competing in three separate events; Individual Triathlon, Team Relay and the Mixed Team Relay, accumulating points (men and women will be ranked together) from all events to provide the final Provincial/Territorial team Games ranking.
Prior to the Games, many of the athletes will fine-tune their fitness at the National Junior Championships in Ottawa to be held on June 17-18.
Team Alberta athletes will compete during the first week of the Games (July 28 to August 6), against 60 of Canada’s best young competitors. The 2017 Canada Summer Games, this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and feature over 4,000 athletes from 19 different sports, attracting over 20,000 spectators over the duration of the Games.
Gretzky is Everywhere - Art Exhibit at Art Gallery of Alberta
Technology meets pop art in this exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s celebrated 1984 print Wayne Gretzky 99. See it in several galleries across the country at the same time via live video feed from each venue—and consider both the pervasive nature of The Great One’s image in Canadian culture, and the mass reproduction of celebrity images central to Warhol’s practice.
Honoured Member Gary Bowie named Alberta Order of Excellence
Article from 98.1 The Bridge: Dr. Gary Bowie to Join Alberta Order of Excellence
Former U of L Pronghorns Athletic Director and coach Dr. Gary Bowie will receive the province's highest civilian honour this year.
Former University of Lethbridge Athletic Director Dr. Gary Bowie will become a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence this year. The Order is the province's highest civilian honour, recognizing those who've used their energy, ideas and abilities to strengthen communities and foster enhanced opportunities for Albertans. Bowie's accomplishments include being a founding member of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, the Lethbridge Sports Bid Committee and the Lethbridge Sport Council. He served four terms as U of L Athletic Director from 1970 to 1989. He remains a member of the Lethbridge Sport Council Board and is also the Chair of Social Housing in Action which works with the city to end homelessness. Past honours for Bowie include induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Lethbridge Pronghorn Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2007, Bowie was named Lethbridge Citizen of the Year. The Alberta Order of Excellence investiture ceremony will take place in Edmonton on October 19th, bringing the total membership to 165 people. - Tom Roulston